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Official Treaty Documents Related to the Law of War


In addition to the DoD Law of War Manual, the following treaties and official treaty-related documents related to the law of war may be useful to DoD personnel, including legal practitioners. See the other official documents related to the law of war for additional information.

For many years, the Department of State has published annually Treaties in Force, a listing of treaties and other international agreements in force for the United States. Treaties in Force has provided helpful information about such treaties, including the date of U.S. ratification and a listing of other Parties to each treaty or other international agreement.

This webpage is a work-in-progress, and we hope to update it with additional documents. If you have any comments, such as suggestions of other useful documents to include, please let us know by emailing us.

 

1949 Geneva Conventions and 2005 Additional Protocol III:

  • Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field of August 12, 1949: 75 U.N.T.S. 31 (1950)1
  • Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea of August 12, 1949: 75 U.N.T.S. 85 (1950)1
  • Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War of August 12, 1949: 75 U.N.T.S. 135 (1950)1
  • Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of August 12, 1949: 75 U.N.T.S. 287 (1950)1
  • Protocol III Additional to the Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949, and Relating to the Adoption of an Additional Distinctive Emblem of December 8, 2005: 2404 U.N.T.S. 261 (2007)1; U.S. Ratification: 2444 U.N.T.S. 287 (2007)1

 

U.S. Documents Regarding the 1949 Geneva Conventions and 2005 Additional Protocol III:

 

The Final Record of the Diplomatic Conference of Geneva of 1949:

 

1977 Additional Protocol I and Additional Protocol II to the 1949 Geneva Conventions to Which the United States is not a Party:

  • Protocol I Additional to the Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949, and Relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts of June 8, 1977: 1125 U.N.T.S. 3 (1979)1
  • Protocol II Additional to the Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949, and Relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts of June 8, 1977: 1125 U.N.T.S. 609 (1979)1

 

U.S. Documents Regarding the 1977 Additional Protocol I and Additional Protocol II to the 1949 Geneva Conventions

 

1954 Hague Cultural Property Convention:

 

U.S. Documents Regarding the 1954 Hague Cultural Property Convention:

 

Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) and Its Protocols:

 

U.S. Documents Regarding the CCW and Its Protocols:

 

Selected 1899 & 1907 Hague Conventions:

  • Convention Between the United States of America and Certain Powers with Respect to the Laws and Customs of War on Land of July 29, 1899: 32 Stat. 1803 (1902)6
  • Convention Between the United States and Other Powers Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land of October 18, 1907: 36 Stat. 2277 (1910)6
  • Convention Between the United States and Other Powers Respecting the Rights and Duties of Neutral Powers and Persons in Case of War on Land of October 18, 1907: 36 Stat. 2310 (1910)6
  • Convention Between the United States and Other Powers Relative to the Laying of Automatic Submarine Contact Mines of October 18, 1907: 36 Stat. 2332 (1910)6
  • Convention Between the United States and Other Powers Concerning Bombardment by Naval Forces in Time of War of October 18, 1907: 36 Stat. 2351 (1910)6
  • Convention Between the United States and Other Powers Concerning the Rights and Duties of Neutral Powers in Naval War of October 18, 1907: 36 Stat. 2415 (1910)6

 

U.S. Documents Regarding the 1899 & 1907 Hague Conventions:

 

The Proceedings of the Hague Peace Conferences of 1899 and 1907:

1 PDF from the United Nations Treaty Collection

2 PDF from ProQuest Congressional Database

3 PDF from the United States Department of Justice

4 PDF from the United States Government Printing Office

5 PDF from Congress.Gov

6 PDF from the Library of Congress

7 PDF from Google Books