Protected Under the Law of War Law and Legal Definition

According to 32 CFR 11.5 [Title 32 -- National Defense;Subtitle A -- Department Of Defense;Chapter I -- Office Of The Secretary Of Defense ;Subchapter B -- Military Commissions ;Part 11 -- Crimes And Elements For Trials By Military Commission] Protected Under The Law Of War means “ The person or object in question is expressly "protected" under one or more of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 or, to the extent applicable, customary international law. The term does not refer to all who enjoy some form of protection as a consequence of compliance with international law, but those who are expressly designated as such by the applicable law of armed conflict. For example, persons who either are hors de combat or medical or religious personnel taking no active part in hostilities are expressly protected, but other civilians may not be.”