Starvation By Siege: Applying the Law of Armed Conflict in Syria

Susan Rose Power


This article examines the law governing siege warfare and its application to sieges enforced by parties to the Syrian conflict. In doing so, the article considers the classification of the conflict and questions whether the conflict has crystallized into an international armed conflict. It critically applies the laws of armed conflict to the ongoing sieges and examines the obligations of parties to the conflict in relation to humanitarian assistance and evacuation of civilians in sieged areas. Where humanitarian assistance is denied it explores the criminalization of the resulting starvation of civilians as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.


International Humanitarian Law; starvation; siege warfare; non international armed conflict; Syria

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