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The Classification of Groups Belonging to a Party to an International Armed Conflict

In: Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies
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  • 1 PhD Research Fellow, University of Oslo Department of Public and International Law, Faculty of Law, S.T.Helmersen@cantab.net
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It has been argued that groups of fighters who “belong” to a party to an international armed conflict without fulfilling the requirements of Article 4(A)(2) of Geneva Convention III should be classified as combatants, rather than as civilians. This article questions the reasoning put forward in support of that view, by showing that the arguments may be partly circular, incomplete, and debatable.

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