New Wars, New Laws? Applying Laws of War in 21st Century Conflicts

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  • ISBN-13: 9781571053152
  • ISBN: 1571053158
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Publisher: Transnational Publishers, Incorporated


Wippman, David H., Evangelista, Michael


This timely new volume brings together experts on the laws of war from academia, the military, and the NGO community to examine the issues surrounding September 11th and its aftermath, which have raised fundamental challenges to the existing corpus of international humanitarian law. The book features a thoughtful overview and discussion of the extent to which "new wars" call for new laws. The authors analyze specific topics pertaining to this theme, 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. Specific highlights include: an essay by Ken Anderson, American University Law Professor, on whether the laws of war need to be revised; Lt. Col. William K. Lietzau, National Defense University and former Special Advisor to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense (DoD), on when to apply the law of war and when to apply a law enforcement paradigm; Joanne Mariner, deputy director of the Americas Division of Human Rights Watch, on the same topic from the human rights perspective; Yoram Dinstein, Stockton Professor of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College, on proportionality; Crimes of War website editor Anthony Dworkin on due process problems in the anti-terror campaign; Ken Watkin, Visiting Fellow in the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, on targeting and assassination; and much more.Wippman, David H. is the author of 'New Wars, New Laws? Applying Laws of War in 21st Century Conflicts', published 2005 under ISBN 9781571053152 and ISBN 1571053158.

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