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To Serve the Enemy: Informers, Collaborators, and the Laws of Armed Conflict

Shane Darcy


The use of informers and other collaborators by parties to an armed conflict is a common yet often concealed practice in times of war. Despite the prevalence of such activity, and the serious and at times fatal consequences that befall those who collaborate with an enemy, international law applicable in times of armed conflict does not squarely address the phenomenon. The recruitment, use, and treatment of informers and other collaborators is addressed only partially and at times indirectly by international humanitarian law. While international law recognises the widespread and enduring phenom ... More

Keywords: armed conflict, war, informers, collaborators, international humanitarian law, human rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198788898
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198788898.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shane Darcy, author
Lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, University of Ireland