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War, weapons & victims : legal responses: ICRC/UN

International Committee of the Red Cross

"The ICRC is mandated by States through the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, and the statutes of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, to promote and act as guardian of international humanitarian law (IHL). This involves encouraging the ratification of treaties, monitoring compliance, dissemination and contributing to the development of IHL."

United Nations

One of the purposes of the United Nations, as stated in its Charter, is "to achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character."


Printed Resources

Books about the United Nations can be found at

Internat 687

The UN's own publications are in the Official Papers collection - the Bodleian is a depository library for the UN. Our specialist librarian has written a research guide to help you find what you are looking for!