National Implementation of IHL
Royal Decree No. 1415: Law of war, 1938
Legge Italiana di Guerra, Approvata con r.d. 8 luglio 1938, n.1415

Amended by Law No. 1902 of 16 December 1940, Gazzetta Ufficiale, No. 24, 30 January 1941
Gazzetta Ufficiale,  (last accessed on 10.06.2013)

This law can be viewed as a compilation of various rules of behaviour which Italian soldiers must follow in warfare. Its particularity stems from the normative character it gives to these rules, which are still in force today. Indeed, any breaches thereof are punishable under criminal legislation. Specifically, Article 358 underlines the enforceability of this law by providing for sanctions and referring to other criminal legislation applicable to violations of the rules spelled in the law.

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