Sieges, the Law and Protecting Civilians

Siege warfare has been employed throughout the ages and remains dramatically relevant today. Questions of the compatibility of this practice with international humanitarian law (IHL) arise when besieged areas contain civilians as well as enemy forces. This briefing addresses those rules of IHL that are particularly relevant to sieges. 

Chatham House briefing Published 27 June 2019 Updated 14 December 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78413 333 7