IRRC No. 870

The impact of military disciplinary sanctions on compliance with international humanitarian law

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This article assesses the impact of disciplinary military sanctions on respect for international humanitarian law. Whereas the armed forces rely on a strong principle of obedience, respect for international humanitarian law depends essentially on the superior officer whose responsibility is subject to sanctions imposed by international criminal judges within a judicial system which aims to make sanctions an effective means of ensuring respect for international humanitarian law.

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