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Dr. Willem Oosterveld in Arab News on the use of white phosphorus

October 20th 2019 - 15:30
Turkey Syria

Dr. Willem Theo Oosterveld, a senior fellow at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, gave a brief comment to Arab News on the legal status of the use of white phosphorus under IHL.

Dr. Oosterveld said the deployment of white phosphorus was not explicitly prohibited by the Geneva Conventions. However, he said, under humanitarian law “the use of means and methods of warfare which are of a nature to cause superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering is prohibited.”

Read the full article at Arab News here.

Dr. Willem Theo Oosterveld is a non-resident senior fellow at HCSS. His areas of expertise include the politics of the Middle East, conflict analysis and peacebuilding, as well as law and development. He holds degrees in political science, international law, and history, having studied in Amsterdam, Leiden, Paris and New York, and was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. A former Fulbright scholar, he earned a PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.