- Some thoughts on the relationship between international humanitarian law and international human rights law: a plea for mutual respect and a common sense approach
- Book title
- The realisation of human rights: when theory meets practice: studies in honour of Leo Zwaak
- Pages (from-to)
- Cambridge-Antwerp-Portland: Intersentia
- Document type
- Faculty of Law (FdR)
- Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL)
This essay provides a commentary on the ongoing discussion of the relationship between the two legal regimes and attendant paradigms of hostilities and law enforcement in armed conflict. The discussion has, to an extent, taken the form of a disconnect between the IHL and IHRL communities. In order to get past this, a plea is made here to apply basic well established tools of legal methodology, to apply both regimes within their respective scope of application and to utilise common sense in determining which regime is the most relevant to a particular situation. This is in the interest of legal coherence and maintaining respect for the law, as well as in the interest of the persons the law is meant to protect.
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