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International Humanitarian Law in War



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The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law in War by Gary D. Solis
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The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law in War introduces law students and undergraduates to the law of war in an age of terrorism. What law of armed conflict/international humanitarian law applies to particular armed conflicts? Does that law apply to terrorists as well? What is the status of participants in an armed conflict? What constitutes a war crime? What is a lawful target and how are targeting decisions made? What are rules of engagement? What weapons are lawful and unlawful, and why? This text takes the reader through these essential questions of the law of armed conflict and international humanitarian law to an awareness of finer points of battlefield law. The U.S.-weighted text incorporates lessons from many nations and includes hundreds of cases from jurisdictions worldwide.

Table of Contents

Part I. Foundation: 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. A Framework: 5. Conflict status; 6. Individual battlefield status; 7. LOAC's four core principles; 8. What is a 'war crime'?; Part III. Battlefield Issues: 9. Obedience to orders, the first defense; 10. Command responsibility and respondeat superior; 11. Ruses and perfidy; 12. Torture; 13. Rules of engagement; 14. Targeting; 15. Attacks on cultural property; 16. The 1980 certain conventional weapons convention; 17. Gas, biological and chemical weapons treaties.


Winner of American Society of International Law Certificate of Merit in a Specialized Area of International Law 2011.

Author Biography

Gary D. Solis is a retired Professor of Law of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he headed the law of war program. He received Phi Kappa Phi's distinguished teaching award and, in 2006, the Apgar Award as the Military Academy's outstanding instructor. He is a retired U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, holds a Ph.D. in the law of war from The London School of Economics & Political Science, and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Solis is the author of Marines and Military Law in Vietnam and Son Thang: An American War Crime.
Release date Australia
February 15th, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Cambridge University Press
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