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September 11 and its aftermath have created fundamental challenges to the existing corpus of international humanitarian law. The US has effectively declared war on international terrorism. Israel, Russia and many other countries have stepped up their own use of military means to combat what they view as terrorist threats. Clearly the war on terrorism does not fit neatly into existing law of war categories. As National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice and other senior US Government officials have often stated, ""we're in a new kind of war,"" which will be ""fought on different battlefields."" This timely new volume brings together experts on the laws of war from academia, the military, and the NGO community to examine the extent to which 'new wars' call for new laws. Specific topics pertaining to that general theme are examined, including the definition of armed conflict, the identification of military objectives, the meaning and application of the principle of proportionality in contemporary conflicts, the legitimacy of 'targeted killings', the treatment of individuals detained in non-traditional armed conflicts, and the contemporary application of the law of occupation.