International humanitarian law (IHL), or the law of armed conflict, is the law that regulates the conduct of armed conflicts (jus in bello). It comprises “the Geneva Conventions and the Hague Conventions, as well as subsequent treaties, case law, and customary international law. ” It defines the conduct and responsibilities of belligerent nations, neutral nations and individuals engaged in warfare, in relation to each other and to protected persons, usually meaning civilians.
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