Treaties, States Parties and Commentaries
Treaties and Documents
Geneva Conventions of 1949 and Additional Protocols, and their Commentaries
Historical Treaties and Documents
Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977.
[p.31] Part I -- General provisions
33 The main aim of this Part is to define general principles and the temporal and material scope of application of the Protocol. These two
aspects of the scope of application are not simply defined by
reference to the Conventions -- which could have been done, given the
fact that the Protocol is an additional instrument; (1) the scope was
made more specific and broader in comparison with that of the
Conventions, and as far as the Contracting Parties (2) are concerned,
this new definition applies for the Conventions as well as for the
34 This Part is closely related to Part V ' (Execution of the Conventions and of this Protocol), ' particularly its Section I,
which bears the same title; thus the present Part also contains
provisions relating to the implementation of the Conventions and of
the Protocol. These articles, relating to Protecting Powers,
qualified persons and meetings of Contracting Parties, are preceded
by an unequivocal confirmation that the application of the
Conventions and the Protocol will not affect the legal status of the
Parties to the conflict. Such a clause should prevent any reticence
to fully apply the Protocol for fear of humanitarian law having
untoward consequences beyond its own field.
' B.Z. '
(1) On this feature of the Protocol, cf. supra,
commentary on the title of the Protocol (pp. 20-21) and
infra, commentary Art. 1, para. 3 (p. 39) and Art. 96,
para. 1, pp. 1085-1086;
(2) On the meaning of the expression "High Contracting Parties", cf. commentary Preamble, supra, p.