The law of military occupation

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The Protection of Civilian Populations Subject to the Control of a Foreign Army: The link between the international law of military occupation and human rights

This research programme was initiated by the Academy in 2005 for a period of two years following the multiannual call for proposals organised by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The research has been carried out by Dr. Sylvain Vité and Prof. Robert Kolb and aims at analyzing the rules relating to war occupation in the light of recent international events.

While adopting a global approach of military occupation, this research project focuses more specifically on the nature and evolution of the regimes implemented in Afghanistan and Iraq. It identifies uncertain areas of, or even loopholes, in the applicable law and proposes an update of an old legal regime that dates mainly back to 1907 and 1949.

The research resulted in the publication of a monograph written in French in the Academy collection.


Robert Kolb & Sylvain Vité

Le droit de l’occupation militaire
Perspectives historiques et enjeux juridiques actuels
Bruylant, 2009, 482 p., EUR 85
ISBN 978-2-8027-2717-0

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