Research report 2022 - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Animals in the international law of armed conflict

Peters, Anne; de Hemptinne, Jérôme; Kolb, Robert
Forschungsbereich Prof. Dr. Anne Peters; Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Wildlife, livestock, and other animals are the neglected victims of armed conflicts. The project is the very first legal analysis of the weak protection of animals during warfare. It examines which concepts, principles, and rationales of international humanitarian law can be applied and adapted for a better protection of animals and how this can be accomplished. It suggests measures to be taken by national and international authorities in order to improve implementation and enforcement of the legal regime.

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