International Law and the Classification of Conflicts

Hardcover | August 15, 2012

EditorElizabeth Wilmshurst

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This book comprises contributions by leading experts in the field of international humanitarian law on the subject of the categorisation or classification of armed conflict. It is divided into two sections: the first aims to provide the reader with a sound understanding of the legal questionssurrounding the classification of hostilities and its consequences; the second includes ten case studies that examine practice in respect of classification. Understanding how classification operates in theory and practice is a precursor to identifying the relevant rules that govern parties to hostilities. With changing forms of armed conflict which may involve multi-national operations, transnational armed groups and organised criminal gangs, the needfor clarity of the law is all-important. The case studies selected for analysis are Northern Ireland, DRC, Colombia, Afghanistan (from 2001), Gaza, South Ossetia, Iraq (from 2003), Lebanon (2006), the so-called war against Al-Qaeda, and future trends. The studies explore the legal consequences ofclassification particularly in respect of the use of force, detention in armed conflict, and the relationship between human rights law and international humanitarian law. The practice identified in the case studies allows the final chapter to draw conclusions as to the state of the law onclassification.

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This book comprises contributions by leading experts in the field of international humanitarian law on the subject of the categorisation or classification of armed conflict. It is divided into two sections: the first aims to provide the reader with a sound understanding of the legal questionssurrounding the classification of hostilitie...

Elizabeth Wilmshurst CMG is Associate Fellow in International Law, at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) and a visiting professor at University College, London University. She was a legal adviser in the United Kingdom diplomatic service between 1974 and 2003, during which time she was the Legal Adviser to the...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:600 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:August 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199657750

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Part I1. Elizabeth Wilmshurst: IntroductionPart II2. Steven Haines: Evolution of Hostilities3. Dapo Akande: Legal concepts4. Jelena Pejic: Provisions of applicable law5. Grant Davies: Rules of EngagementPart III: Case studies6. Steven Haines: Northern Ireland7. Louise Arimatsu: Democratic Republic of the Congo8. Felicity Szenat and Annie Bird: Colombia (incl. Ecuador)9. Francoise Hampson: Afghanistan 2001 onwards10. Iain Scobbie: Gaza11. Philip Leach: South Ossetia12. Mike Schmitt: Iraq 2003 onwards13. Iain Scobbie: Southern Lebanon 200614. Noam Lubell: The War against Al-Qaeda'15. Mike Schmitt: FuturePart IV16. Elizabeth Wilmshurst: Conclusions