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close this bookLaw in Humanitarian Crises Volume I : How Can International Humanitarian Law Be Made Effective in Armed Conflicts? (European Commission Humanitarian Office)
close this folderThe Laws of War: Problems of Implementation in Contemporary Conflicts
close this folderV. Summary and Conclusions
View the document(introduction...)
View the document1. Realist and Idealist Images of the Laws of War
View the document2. Still a World of States
View the document3. Humanitarianism as a Substitute for Policy
View the document4. Application to Non-International Conflicts
View the document5. Mines
View the document6. Limits of Compliance Provisions
View the document7. Trials
View the document8. International Criminal Court
View the document9. Reparations
View the document10. The United Nations
View the document11. Barbarians?
View the document12. A Set of Professional Military Standards?
View the document13. Need to Keep Our Own Houses in Order
View the document14. The Relation between Ius in Bello and Ius ad Bellum
View the document15. Taking Implementation Seriously

13. Need to Keep Our Own Houses in Order

An important priority may have to be keeping our own houses in order both at the level of our own individual countries, and at the level of regional alliances, including NATO. In recent years the armed forces in many NATO member states have in fact devoted unprecedented attention to laws of war questions. One issue which presents a potential problem concerns the incomplete adherence to 1977 Geneva Protocol I. Now that the UK government is in process of ratifying the 1977 Geneva Protocols, only three NATO states France, Turkey, and USA) remain definitely outside the Protocol. The United States administration, having effectively applied parts of it in the 1991 Gulf War, is now engaged in a careful reconsideration of Protocol I. This is unlikely to lead to rapid US ratification of the Protocol, but it could contribute to the process of effective harmonization in NATO to secure improved common understanding and implementation of the laws of war generally and the Protocol in particular.