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Who is and who isn't a civilian? The devil's in the detail, says Sydney Law School Professor Ben Saul -

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A parliamentary committee examining a possible amendment to the Criminal Code of the war crimes bill has been told that any attempt to widen the definition of who is a targetable member of an armed group could put Australia out of step with international humanitarian law.

The committee is examining the war crimes bill in an effort to come to a clearer definition of who is and who isn't a civilian in war.

Any change is designed to give Australian military personnel greater legal protection.

One of the international law experts who have given submissions to the committee this week is Professor Ben Saul, the Challis chair of international law at the Sydney Law School.


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Professor Ben Saul, the Challis chair of international law at the Sydney Law School