During his teaching stint at a Dutch naval cadet school in the 1950s and ’60s, Frits Kalshoven taught aspiring officers about how to fight a war as humanely as possible.

“In my whole teaching life, I have been telling all my students that they should not do certain things in war and why they shouldn’t,” Kalshoven, 73, a professor emeritus of international humanitarian law at the University of Leiden, said in a recent interview. “War between human beings has to be conducted, if it has to be conducted, in such a way that human beings remain human beings.”

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