|— the limitation and prohibitions of force in international relations (ius ad bellum);|
|— the limitation of armaments, especially the prohibition on the manufacture or acquisition of certain arms, the testing of arms and trade in arms with exception of those which include also provisions on the use of arms;|
|— the neutralization, demilitarization and denuclearization of certain territories;|
|— human rights, with the exception of texts which are of direct concern to the situations of armed conflicts.|
|— which are in force;|
|— which have not (or not yet) entered into force;|
|— which are no longer in force.|
|— final acts and resolutions adopted by the intergovernmental conferences which drew up the conventions reproduced in this collection;|
|— resolutions of intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations in which rules of the law of armed conflicts are stated. No resolutions are, however, reproduced which contain only a recommendation to apply existing rules in a particular situation.|
No national regulations or instructions are published, the only exception being the Lieber Instructions of 1863 (No. 1 of this volume) which marked the beginning of the codification of the law of armed conflicts.
The texts are grouped into chapters (see the table of contents). Minor overlappings between the chapters are inevitable, e.g. between Chapter III (Air Warfare) and Chapter IV (Protection of Populations against Effects of Hostilities).
Within the chapters the texts are reproduced in chronological order.
The texts are printed in four different typefaces: