The effect of pandemics on the implementation of International Humanitarian Law: A study of the situation resulting from the Covid-19 virus

Document Type : Original Article


PhD graduate of Public International Law, SBU



The link between armed conflict and epidemic-related conditions begs the
question of how and to what degree the implementation of the International
humanitarian law commitments is influenced by the presence of such
circumstances. Humanitarian norms, whose principal objective is to protect
individuals and objects by regulating the conduct of hostilities and limiting
the parties to the conflict in their choice of means and methods of warfare,
require a review of purely military judgments in the situations resulting from
widespread diseases, particularly in the case of medical personnel working in
hospitals and centers who, despite their dual purpose, have a direct impact
on the fight against the disease.


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