The Rule of Law in Asymmetrical Warfare

  • 2012

The Rule of Law in Asymmetrical Warfare

Author:
Philip Young
Abstract:

In the 21st century, the rules of engagement have become more complex. The complexities of 21st-century, fourth-generation warfare require involvement of the international courts and agreements among states about how to approach conflict. This is due to the growing involvement of non-combatants in conflict. The lack of clear distinction between non-combatants and combatants has led to unnecessary force and further discredits the legitimacy of the mission.

The legal framework of the Geneva Convention should be adjusted to the new complexities of warfare so that it gives clearer guidelines to combatants, specifically US military and peacekeeping personnel. The more clarity given to the soldiers on the ground, the less collateral damage involving non-combatants.