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Protection of the Environment through the Lens of Syria: Scrutinizing the Loopholes in the Prevailing Legislative Framework

  • Alexandra Prus University of Groningen
Keywords: INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW, PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT, ARMED CONFLICTS

Abstract

This paper critically analyzes selected aspects of the current legal framework regarding the protection of the environment during the non-international armed conflict in Syria. The water damage that is occurring in Syria is particularly scrutinized. Preserving the environment is essential for safeguarding the planet for future generations. The potentiality of any armed conflict not only poses a threat to the peace and safety of the environment but can have exhaustive repercussions. Therefore, this topic is of the utmost importance and the objective of my research is to examine the relevant law, or the lack thereof. International humanitarian law will be placed at the forefront, along with customary international law which will provide an alternative approach. Where necessary, secondary sources will supplement the research in order to broaden its scope. The meaning of the ‘natural environment’ as opposed to the ‘environment’ will be assessed and applied to the water damage in order to establish whether or not it can be considered damage to the natural environment. A comparative approach will be taken for the purpose of analyzing all pertinent sources, with the intention of providing a conclusion that showcases the environment as the silent victim of armed conflicts.

Published
2020-09-30