The legal contribution of the International Committee
of the Red Cross
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has played a key role in the international efforts to ban anti-personnel landmines. This book provides an overview of the work of the ICR C concerning landmines from 1955 to 1999. It contains ICRC position papers, working papers, articles, and speeches made by its representatives to the international meetings convened to address the mines issue, including the 1995–1996 Review Conference of the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and the diplomatic meeting which adopted the Ottawa treaty banning anti-personnel mines. These documents provide critical insights into the development of international humanitarian law on this issue, and will form the basis for discussions on landmines and other conventional weapons for years to come.
Louis Maresca is Legal Advisor to the ICRC's Mines/Arms Unit.
Stuart Maslen is an independent consultant who advised the ICRC on landmines between 1997 and 1998.