The Hague, 29 July 1899 entry into force: 4 september 1900


In faith of which the Plenipotentiaries have signed the present Convention and affixed their seals thereto. Done



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In faith of which the Plenipotentiaries have signed the present Convention and affixed their seals thereto.
Done at The Hague 29 July 1899, in a single copy, which shall be kept in the archives of the Netherlands Government, and copies of which, duly certified, shall be delivered to the Contracting Powers through the diplomatic channel.
(Here follow signatures)
ANNEX TO THE CONVENTION
REGULATIONS RESPECTING THE LAWS AND CUSTOMS OF WAR ON LAND
SECTION I – BELLIGERENTS
CHAPTER I - THE QUALIFICATIONS OF BELLIGERENTS
Article 1
The laws, rights, and duties of war apply not only to armies, but also to militia and volunteer
corps fulfilling the following conditions:
1. To be commanded by a person responsible for his subordinates;
2. To have a fixed distinctive emblem recognizable at a distance;
3. To carry arms openly; and
4. To conduct their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war.
In countries where militia or volunteer corps constitute the army, or form part of it, they are included under the denomination "army."

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