• Unprivileged Belligerents in International Humanitarian Law. with a Special Focus on the United States'' ''War on Terror''

Saarbrücker Verlag für Rechtswissenschaften

(Born in Graz, Austria in 1984 2003-2009 Law studies at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz and Institut d''Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) 2009 Beginning of PhD studies in law at University of Vienna 2010 Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Section)


The concept of ''unprivileged belligerency'' touches on one of the most important tenets in international humanitarian law, namely the distinction between combatants and civilians. In connection with the concept, it is first and foremost of interest whether the group of so- called ‘unlawful combatants''/''unprivileged belligerents'' can be considered a status in international humanitarian law. It is being argued in this work that ‘unprivileged belligerents'' do not constitute a distinct legal category falling outside the existing legal framework and do benefit from substantial protections under international humanitarian as well as human rights law. The legal implications and consequences attached to this term including their protections under international law will be closely examined before focusing on the different groups usually affiliated with the term. Furthermore, the Bush administration''s conduct with regard to detainees in Guantánamo, apprehended in the administration''s ‘war on terror'' and labeled as ‘unlawful enemy combatants'', as well as the conformity of this conduct with international law, is scrutinized.

MATERIAS: unlawful belligerents, unlawful combatants, International humanitarian law, War on Terror