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International Law and the Classification of Conflicts

Edited by: Elizabeth Wilmshurst

ISBN13: 9780199657759
Published: August 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This book comprises contributions by leading experts in the field of international humanitarian law on the subject of the categorisation or classification of armed conflict.

It is divided into two sections: the first aims to provide the reader with a sound understanding of the legal questions surrounding the classification of hostilities and its consequences; the second includes ten case studies that examine practice in respect of classification.

Understanding how classification operates in theory and practice is a precursor to identifying the relevant rules that govern parties to hostilities.

With changing forms of armed conflict which may involve multi-national operations, transnational armed groups and organized criminal gangs, the need for clarity of the law is all-important. The case studies selected for analysis are Northern Ireland, DRC, Colombia, Afghanistan (from 2001), Gaza, South Ossetia, Iraq (from 2003), Lebanon (2006), the so-called war against Al-Qaeda, and future trends.

The studies explore the legal consequences of classification particularly in respect of the use of force, detention in armed conflict, and the relationship between human rights law and international humanitarian law. The practice identified in the case studies allows the final chapter to draw conclusions as to the state of the law on classification.

Public International Law
1. Introduction
2. Evolution of Hostilities
3. Legal concepts
4. Provisions of applicable law
5. Northern Ireland
6. Democratic Republic of the Congo
7. Colombia (incl. Ecuador)
8. Afghanistan 2001 onwards
9. Gaza
10. South Ossetia
11. Iraq 2003 onwards
12. Southern Lebanon 2006
13. The War against Al-Qaeda'
14. Future
15. Conclusions