International Humanitarian Law as a Source of Protection for Refugees from Areas of Armed Conflict

Karoline Kerber


The primary focus of attention in discussions
on legal norms protecting refugees are usually the 1951 Geneva
Convention relating to the Status of
Refugees and more recently international
human rights instruments, such
as the European Convention on Human
Rights. In the context of armed conflicts,
however, it seems natural to think
of international humanitarian law as
applicable in armed conflicts. This article
examines the potential of international
humanitarian law, i.e. the four
Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their
additional protocols of 1977, as sources
of legal protection for refugees who seek
shelter outside their home country.

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