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The Conduct of Hostilities under the Law of International Armed Conflict

The Conduct of Hostilities under the Law of International Armed Conflict

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  • Date Published: May 2006
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  • isbn: 9780511189593

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  • A companion volume to the author's textbook War, Aggression and Self-Defence, Third Edition (Cambridge 2001), this book focuses on issues arising in the course of hostilities between States, emphasizing the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Main themes considered are lawful and unlawful combatants, war crimes (including command responsibility and defenses), prohibited weapons, the distinction between combatants and civilians, legitimate military objectives, and the protection of the environment and cultural property. Many specific topics that have attracted much interest in recent hostilities are also addressed. Also available: War, Aggression and Self-Defence 0-521-79344-0 Hardback $110.00 C 0-521-79758-6 Paperback $40.00 D

    • A companion volume to the author's seminal textbook War, Aggression and Self-Defence, Third Edition, Cambridge (2001)
    • Examines the legal/illegal means and methods of warfare and legal/illegal targets for attack in warfare
    • Considers what are the consequences of illegal actions (as above) by individuals
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    "...a timely analysis of an important body of international law: the rules governing how armed conflicts are waged...his clear and cogent analysis of these important issues deserves a broad readership." A.L. Springer, Bowdoin College, Choice

    "...very relevant to the Iraq war." - World Association of International Studies

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    • Date Published: May 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511189593
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Table of cases
    Table of treaties
    List of abbreviations
    Part I. The General Framework:
    1. The sources
    2. The semantics
    3. Inter-state armed conflicts
    4. Military necessity and humanitarian considerations
    5. Humanitarian law and human rights
    6. Dissemination
    Part II. Lawful Combatancy:
    7. Combatants and civilians
    8. Lawful and unlawful combatants
    9. The entitlement to prisoners of war status under customary international law
    10. The Legal Position under Protocol I of 1977
    11. A case study: the war in Afghanistan
    12. Mercenaries
    13. Armed merchant vessels
    Part III. Prohibited Weapons:
    14. Introduction
    15. The principle prohibiting unnecessary suffering
    16. Explicit prohibitions and restrictions of certain weapons
    17. The status of nuclear weapons
    18. Development of new weapons
    Part IV. Legitimate Military Objectives:
    19. The principle of distinction and military objectives
    20. The definition of military objectives by nature, location, purpose and use
    21. General problems relating to the scope of military objectives
    22. Defended and undefended localities in land warfare
    23. Special problems relating to sea warfare
    24. Special problems relating to air warfare
    Part V. The Protection of Civilians and Civilian Objects from Attack:
    25. Definitions
    26. Direct attacks against civilians
    27. Indiscriminate attacks
    28. The principle of proportionality
    29. Legitimate collateral damage
    30. Precautions in attack
    31. Cessation of protection and 'human shields'
    32. Starvation of civilians
    Part VI. Measures of Special Protection:
    33. Persons entitled to special protection
    34. Cultural property and places of worship
    35. Medical units
    36. Works and installations containing dangerous forces
    Part VII. Protection of the Environment:
    37. Introduction
    38. The international legal texts
    39. The dissimilarities between the ENMOD convention and protocol I
    40. A case study: setting fire to oil wells in the Gulf War
    41. Conclusion
    Part VIII. Other Methods and Means of Warfare:
    42. Perfidy and ruses of war
    43. Espionage
    44. Seizure and destruction of enemy property
    45. Belligerent reprisals
    46. War crimes, command responsibility and defences
    47. The definition of war crimes
    48. The Distinction between war criminals and unlawful combatants
    49. Command responsibility
    50. Admissible and inadmissible defences
    General conclusions

  • Author

    Yoram Dinstein, Tel-Aviv University
    Stockton Professor of International Law, US Naval War College.

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