21. Definition of International Armed Conflict


Learning outcome

After completing this activity, the student will be familiar with the definition of an international armed conflict (IAC).


Watch the ICTY judge Fausto Pocar lecture on development of international humanitarian law and focus particularly on the definition of IAC. Then use it to apply general principles to a contemporary case.


There are different definitions of an international armed conflict. See, for instance: ICTY, The Prosecutor v. Dusko Tadic, Decision on the Defence Motion for Interlocutory Appeal on Jurisdiction, IT-94-1-A, 2 October 1995, para. 70; D. Schindler, The different Types of Armed Conflicts According to the Geneva Conventions and Protocols, RCADI, Vol. 163, 1979-II, p. 131; H.P. Gasser, International Humanitarian Law: an Introduction, in: Humanity for All: the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, H. Haug (ed.), Paul Haupt Publishers, Berne, 1993, p. 510-511).

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Question 11 pts

In Nagorno-Karabakh had been in 2016 again opened frozen conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Identify, whether this territory which is occupied by two states and where the armed conduct has happened, may be considered as the international armed conflict.

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