Winter 2017

Rebellion, War Aims & the Laws of War

Tanisha M. Fazal
Most wars today are civil wars, but we know little of the conditions under which rebel groups might comply with the laws of war. Three questions arise: What do the laws of war require of rebels? To what extent are rebels aware of the laws of war? Under what conditions do rebel groups comply with international humanitarian law? Tanisha M. Fazal argues that the war aims of rebel groups are key to understanding their relationship with the laws of war, and secessionist rebel groups are most likely to comply as a means of signaling their capacity and willingness to be citizens of the international community.
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