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The Law of Internal Armed Conflict


Part of Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law

  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521046961

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  • Laws regulating armed conflict have existed for centuries, but the bulk of these provisions have been concerned with wars between states. Relatively little attention has been paid to the enormously important area of internal armed conflict. At a time when international armed conflicts are vastly outnumbered by domestic disputes, this book seeks to redress the balance through a comprehensive analysis of those rules which exist in international law to protect civilians during internal armed conflict. From regulations in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries according to the doctrine of recognition of belligerency, this book traces the subsequent development of international law by the Geneva Conventions and their additional Protocols, as well as through the more recent jurisprudence of the Yugoslav and Rwandan tribunals. The book also considers the application of human rights law during internal armed conflict, before assessing how effectively the applicable law is, and can be, enforced.

    • Clearly structured and written in easily accessible language
    • Provides a detailed analysis of the entire subject area (development, scope, content and application/implementation), whereas other books tend to treat the area briefly, as part of the general laws of armed conflict; follows both humanitarian law and human rights perspectives
    • Discusses recent developments in the law from the UN criminal tribunals
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… This work is one that should prove useful to scholars and students of international humanitarian law. ... The quality of the contents of this timely book is high … Dr Moir has a good understanding of the law in this area, and a keen analytical style.' Journal of Conflict & Security Law

    '… the book provides a well-written assessment of the current rules governing internal armed conflict. To have addressed such a heterogeneous field in a comprehensive way is in itself a significant achievement.' The Cambridge Law Journal

    'Lindsay Muir has written a definitive work on international humanitarian law in internal armed conflicts. All the major cases and relevant treaties and conventions are cited besides other pertinent documentation. What is more, there is an excellent discussion of the law in practice in several such situations.' Economic and Political Weekly

    '… a well-written and comprehensive introduction to the legal regime governing internal armed conflicts. the work of Moir should definitely prove useful to scholars and students of humanitarian law.' German Yearbook of International Law

    '… this book is an immensely useful, easily readable, and thorough elucidation of the development and content of the law of internal armed conflicts as at the turn of the twenty-first century.' Rosemary Rayfuse, Leiden Journal of International Law

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521046961
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface and acknowledgements
    Table of cases
    Table of treaties and other international instruments
    1. The historical regulation of internal armed conflict
    2. Article 3 common to the Geneva Conventions
    3. Additional Protocol II of 1977
    4. Customary international law and internal armed conflict
    5. Human rights during internal armed conflict
    6. Implementation and enforcement of the laws of internal armed conflict

  • Author

    Lindsay Moir, University of Hull
    LINDSAY MOIR is Lecturer in Law at the University of Hull Law School.

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