Geneva Conventions Sixty Years On: Changing War, Changing Law

The sixtieth anniversary of the four Geneva Conventions on the protection of war victims is an occasion for both celebration and taking stock. There is much to cheer, but there is also a huge question about the relevance of the conventions to the ever-changing phenomenon of war. Many western leaders have suggested that they need to be re-negotiated. However, by little-noticed process of common law, the Conventions have already adapted, although incompletely, to changes in war. The question now is: should there be further adaptation or a completely new convention?

The World Today
Published 1 August 2009 Updated 14 October 2020 5 minute READ

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