IRRC No. 873

Timelines, borderlines and conflicts: The historical evolution of the legal divide between international and non-international armed conflicts

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The legal divide between international and non-international armed conflicts still exists, despite calls for its removal and the confusion created by 'transnational' conflicts involving non-state entities. This article explains the divide historically, discusses its continued relevance, and examines how certain situations could be classified in the existing typology.

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