Is the occupation of Iraq a legal minefield?

[JURIST] From MSNBC Saturday:

When the U.S. military reaches Baghdad and hostilities cease, it will become an occupying force, required to follow a system of international law and treaties, some of which could be applied for the first time in history.... The main body of rules comes from the Fourth Geneva Convention, adopted in 1949, largely in response to German occupations in World War II. Legal experts believe the U.S. occupation of Iraq would be the first time the convention’s rules would actually be put into effect, since no other military action has amounted to the kind of occupation that would trigger it.
Read the full story by Pete Williams. Review the terms of the Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War [text], an International Committee of the Red Cross statement on General Problems in implementing the Fourth Geneva Convention, and a book review of Eyal Benvenisti, The International Law of Occupation (Princeton University Press, 1993).

 

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