The application and interpretation of the four Geneva Conventions
of 1949 and their two Additional Protocols of 1977 have developed
significantly in the sixty years since the International Committee
of the Red Cross (ICRC) first published its Commentaries on these
important humanitarian treaties. To promote a better understanding
of, and respect for, this body of law, the ICRC commissioned a
comprehensive update of its original Commentaries. Its preparation
was coordinated by Jean-Marie Henckaerts, ICRC legal adviser and
head of the project to update the Commentaries. The First
Convention is a foundational text of international humanitarian
law. It contains the essential rules on the protection of the
wounded and sick, those assigned to their care, and the red cross
and red crescent emblems. This article-by-article Commentary takes
into account developments in the law and practice to provide
up-to-date interpretations of the Convention. The new Commentary
has been reviewed by humanitarian-law practitioners and academics
from around the world. It is an essential tool for anyone working
or studying within this field.
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