Germany, Federal Republic of
Practice Relating to Rule 8. Definition of Military Objectives
At the CDDH, the Federal Republic of Germany stated that it had been able to vote in favour of Article 47 of the draft Additional Protocol I (now Article 52) on the basis of the understanding that:
A specific area of land may be a military objective if, because of its location or other reasons specified in Article 47 [now Article 52 of the 1977 Additional Protocol I], its total or partial destruction, capture or neutralization, in the circumstances ruling at the time, offers a definite military advantage.
Upon ratification of the 1977 Additional Protocol I, the Federal Republic of Germany stated:
Article 52 of Additional Protocol I is understood by the Federal Republic of Germany to mean that a specific area of land may also be a military objective if it meets all requirements of Article 52, paragraph 2.