Perhaps more than any other body of international law, jus in bello-the law of armed conflict-faces inherent and extraordinary stresses and challenges. It is, of course, a law that goes directly to our own conceptions of right and wrong, to the moral choices we make to constrain ourselves, our friends, and our enemies in wartime, and to real questions of life and death. The law of armed conflict reflects moral principles, but more than that, it is binding law.
William H. Taft IV,
The Law of Armed Conflict After 9/11: Some Salient Features,
Yale J. Int'l L.
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