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War and Law since 1945$
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Geoffrey Best

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206996.001.0001

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The Geneva Conventions of 1949

The Geneva Conventions of 1949

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War and Law since 1945

Geoffrey Blest

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the systematic review of the Geneva side of the law which issued in the four Geneva Conventions of the summer of 1949. It notes that the review is discreetly orchestrated by the International Committee of the Red Cross and confined within what that body understood to be its prudent limits. It further notes that this review is so long-drawn-out and so undramatic that it attracted hardly any public attention, yet some of its debates and achievements would have profoundly interested the more reflective members of the public. It compares the ‘Nuremberg’ and ‘Tokyo’ stories which attracted great publicity from the outset, and have not ceased to engage historians' attention. In this chapter the author tells the ‘Geneva’ story more amply and historically, since it has scarcely been told except by lawyers to lawyers for their own professional interest and purposes.

Keywords:   Geneva, Geneva Conventions, Red Cross, Nuremberg, Tokyo, Geneva story

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