oa Alternation - The Geneva Convention and the South African War of Liberation

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



This article is devoted to the contribution that South African liberation movements have made to the progressive development of the laws of armed conflicts. It shows how liberation movements, especially within South Africa, have contributed to the development of new laws of armed conflicts by exposing the weaknesses of the old laws. The liberation struggles were recognised by the international comity of nations as being so important as to warrant a thorough review of the laws of warfare in the Geneva Diplomatic Conference which drafted the new laws.

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