Treaties and armed conflict

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Abstract

The relationship between treaty relations and armed conflict is far from settled. Their coincidence seems self-evident, with treaties regulating inter-State relations, and the laws of armed conflict traditionally regulating inter-State armed conflict. Not surprisingly, the notion of war as anathema to treaty relations originally led interest in the topic to focus on the compatibility of treaty relations with the occurrence of armed conflict. New issues emerged, however, with the expansion of both treaty law and the laws of armed conflict, in particular the loss of the perceived exclusivity of States as participants in the international legal arena. First, non-international armed conflict has become a dominant phenomenon and has been increasingly regulated by international law. Second, while treaties are still concluded by definition between States or intergovernmental organizations, they no longer regulate only inter-State relations. Consequently, the points of contact between treaties and armed conflict have grown in number and complexity.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on the Law of Treaties
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Pages541-564
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780857934789
ISBN (Print)9780857934772
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences

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