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Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law in War 2nd ed

ISBN13: 9781107135604
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780521870887
Published: July 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £44.99

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Newly revised and expanded, The Law of Armed Conflict, 2nd edition, introduces law students and undergraduates to the law of war in an age of terrorism.

What law of armed conflict (LOAC) or its civilian counterpart, international humanitarian law (IHL), applies in a particular armed conflict? Are terrorists legally bound by that law? What constitutes a war crime? What (or who) is a lawful target and how are targeting decisions made? What are 'rules of engagement' and who formulates them? How can an autonomous weapon system be bound by the law of armed conflict? Why were the Guantanamo military commissions a failure?

This book takes students through these LOACIHL questions and more, employing real-world examples and legal opinions from the US and abroad. From Nuremberg to 9/11, from courts-martial to the US Supreme Court, from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first, the law of war is explained, interpreted, and applied.

Public International Law

Part I. Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law in War:
1. Rules of war, laws of war
2. Codes, conventions, declarations, and regulations
3. Two World Wars and their law of armed conflict results
4. Protocols and politics

Part II. Law of Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian Law: A Framework:
5. Conflict status
6. Individual battlefield status
7. Law of armed conflict's four core principles
8. What is a 'war crime'?

Part III. Law of Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian Law: Battlefield Issues:
9. Obedience to orders, the first defense
10. Command responsibility and respondeat superior
11. Ruses and perfidy
12. Rules of engagement
13. Targeting objects
14. Autonomous weapons, drones, and targeted killing
15. Human targeting and cross-border counter-attacks
16. Torture
17. Cyberwarfare
18. Attacks on cultural property
19. The 1980 certain conventional weapons convention
20. Gas, biological, and chemical weapons treaties

Part IV. Dealing with Violations of Customs and Usages of Warfare:
21. Military commissions
22. Security detention.