Human Rights and IHL
In this summary, we will examine the relationship between humanitarian law and human rights law, both of which are applicable in time of armed conflict. Humanitarian law and human rights law have very different origins. Humanitarian law has been part of international law from its beginning; human rights law, in contrast, has been primarily a post-World War II development. Humanitarian law has traditionally been concerned with the reciprocal obligations assumed by States towards other States and their nationals; human rights law seeks to regulate the relationship between States and their own nationals. In the seminar we will consider three issues in particular: the interaction between the two regimes, the increasing influence of human rights law on humanitarian law, and whether there are any problems with the application of human rights law in time of armed conflict.