International law consists of rules and principles governing the relations and dealings of states and other international actors with each other. International law is primarily based on treaties (agreements) and customary law. International law requires respect for the Charter of the United Nations and for the principles of territorial integrity and the prohibition on the use of force. International law also includes rules about accountability for international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. International law includes human rights, international humanitarian law, international criminal law and treaty law.
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Sweden in the UN Security Council – humanitarian law and protection of health care
On 1 February 2018, International Law Day hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) brought together roughly 100 guests from academia, civil society, the justice system, embassies and government agencies. The theme of the day was ‘Sweden, the Security Council and international law’. One focal point was Sweden’s efforts in the United Nations Security Council to improve the protection of health care in armed conflict. Panelists included Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Dr Helen Durham, Director of International Law at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
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