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War, Conflict and Human Rights: Theory and Practice 2nd ed

ISBN13: 9780415832267
Published: January 2014
Publisher: Routledge-Cavendish
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print
Hardback edition out of print, ISBN13 9780415452069

War, Conflict and Human Rights is an innovative, interdisciplinary textbook combining aspects of law, politics, and conflict analysis to examine the relationship between human rights and armed conflict. This second edition has been revised and updated, making use of both theoretical and practical approaches. Over the course of the book, the authors:

  • examine the tensions and complementarities between protection of human rights and resolution of conflict, including the competing political demands and the challenges posed by internal armed conflict
  • analyse the different obligations and legal regimes applicable to state and non-state actors, including non-state armed groups, corporations and private military and security companies
  • explore the scope and effects of human rights violations in contemporary armed conflicts, such as those in Sierra Leone, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the former Yugoslavia, and implications for the "Arab Spring"
  • assess the legal and institutional accountability mechanisms developed in the wake of armed conflict to punish violations of human rights law, and international humanitarian law such as the ad hoc tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and the International Criminal Court
  • discuss continuing and emergent global trends and challenges in the fields of human rights and conflict analysis.
This volume will be essential reading for students of war and conflict studies, human rights, and international humanitarian law, and highly recommended for students of conflict resolution, peacebuilding, international security and international relations, generally.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Part 1: War and Human Rights: Critical Issues
1. The Interplay Between War and Human Rights
2. Conflict: Fundamentals and Debates
3. Human Rights: History and Debates
4. Humanitarian and Human Rights Law in Armed Conflict
5. Nonstate Actors and International Humanitarian and International Human Rights Law

Part 2: Contemporary Conflict: Critical Cases
6. The Former Yugoslavia
7. Sierra Leone
8. The Democratic Republic of Congo
9. Sudan

Part 3: Building Peace and Seeking Accountability: Recent Mechanisms and Institutions
10. Ad Hoc Tribunals
11. Enforcing Human Rights Transnationally
12. Hybrid Tribunals
13. The International Criminal Court
14. Enduring and Emergent Challenges and Opportunities