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date: 20 November 2018

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the role of Swiss banker Henry Dunant in the genesis of international humanitarian law (IHL). It then assesses the present deficiencies of IHL. This is followed by a discussion of ways to mitigate the devastating effects of armed conflict. It proposes a three-pronged strategy involving the establishment of non-binding guidelines, the creation of effective monitoring mechanisms, and the adoption of mechanisms to indemnify victims of serious violations.

Keywords: human rights law, international law, Henry Dunant, armed conflict, human rights protection

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