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The Image before the WeaponA Critical History of the Distinction between Combatant and Civilian$
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Helen M. Kinsella

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449031

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449031.001.0001

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The Algerian Civil War and the 1977 Protocols Additional

The Algerian Civil War and the 1977 Protocols Additional

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(p.127) 6 The Algerian Civil War and the 1977 Protocols Additional
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The Image before the Weapon
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Helen M. Kinsella

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449031.003.0006

This chapter discusses another treaty of the laws of war influential to the principle of distinction: the 1977 Protocols Additional to the 1949 Conventions. In this case, the conduct of the wars of decolonization—in particular the 1954–1962 French-Algerian War—had informed the formulation of the 1977 Protocols. The French-Algerian War had altered the way in which wars of national liberation and decolonization were identified and understood, and introduced a new category of combatant (as well as a new category of war) into international humanitarian law. It occupies a seminal place in the history of European decolonization, partly due to the self-appointed task undertaken by the leaders of the liberation struggle, the Algerian Front de Libération Nationale (FLN; National Liberation Front) in particular, to unify and exemplify the larger decolonization struggles of their time.

Keywords:   1977 Protocols, French-Algerian War, decolonization, Algerian Front de Libération Nationale, FLN, wars of decolonization, national liberation

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