International Humanitarian Law Law and Legal Definition

International humanitarian law refers to a set of international law that seeks to limit the effects of armed conflict. The law comprises mainly Geneva Conventions, Hague Conventions, and other customary international laws. It defines the conduct and responsibilities of belligerent nations, neutral nations, and individuals engaged in warfare. The international humanitarian law aims to:

a. protect those who are not taking part in conflict; and

b. restrict the means and methods of warfare.