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International humanitarian law is the body of law which seeks, for humanitarian reasons, to limit the effects of armed conflict. It protects persons who are not or no longer participating in hostilities and restricts the means and methods of warfare.

International humanitarian law is also known as the law of war or the law of armed conflict. Although directed at the activities of States and organised armed groups, awareness of this body of law is also relevant for companies to the extent that government forces may be involved in the provision of security of their activities.

Source Publication:
OECD, 2006, Annual Report on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: Conducting Business in Weak Governance Zones, OECD, Paris.

Statistical Theme: Financial statistics

Created on Monday, July 23, 2007

Last updated on Thursday, July 26, 2007