Prisoners in War

Hardcover | March 25, 2010

EditorSibylle Scheipers

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The issue of prisoners in war is a highly timely topic that has received much attention from both scholars and practitioners since the start of the military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and the ensuing legal and political problems concerning detainees in those conflicts. This bookanalyses these contemporary problems and challenges against the background of their historical development. It provides a multidisciplinary yet highly coherent perspective on the historical trajectory of legal and ethical norms in this field by integrating the historical analysis of war with a studyof the emergence of the modern legal regime of prisoners in war. In doing so, it provides the first comprehensive study of prisoners, detainees and internees in war, covering a broad range of both regular and irregular wars from the crusades to contemporary counterinsurgency campaigns. The book revolves around two major developments: First, there has been a continuous increase in the political relevance of prisoners in war, in particular since the emergence of POW camps in the nineteenth century. Secondly, and related, the growth in the legal regime pertaining to prisoners hadcontradictory consequences. Whilst it enhanced the protection of prisoners in regular conflicts, its state-centric bias tends to exclude combatants who do not fit the template of regular inter-state war. Detainees in the 'war on terror' embody both tendencies, the development of which, however, isby no means a novel phenomenon.This book is a project of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War.

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The issue of prisoners in war is a highly timely topic that has received much attention from both scholars and practitioners since the start of the military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and the ensuing legal and political problems concerning detainees in those conflicts. This bookanalyses these contemporary problems and challenge...

Sibylle Scheipers is Director of Studies of the Changing Character of War Programme at Oxford University. Before joining the Programme, she held a post-doctoral fellowship at Chatham House, London. She holds a PhD and an M.A. degree from Humboldt University, Berlin.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.09 inPublished:March 25, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Sibylle Scheipers: Introduction: Prisoners in WarPart I: The Emergence of Legal and Ethical Standards Before the Second World War2. Frederic Megret: A Cautionary Tale from the Crusades? War and Prisoners in Conditions of Normative Incommensurability3. Peter H. Wilson: Prisoners in Early Modern European Warfare4. Stephen C. Neff: Prisoners of War in International Law: The Nineteenth Century5. Alan Kramer: Prisoners in The First World War6. Neville Wylie: The 1929 Prisoners of War Convention and the Building of the Inter-War Prisoner of War RegimePart II: Prisoners in Regular Conflicts - The Second World War7. Bob Moore: The Treatment of Prisoners of War In The Western European Theatre of War 1939-19458. Rudiger Overmans: The Treatment of Prisoners of War In The Eastern European Theatre of Operations 1941-19569. Philip Towle: Japanese Culture and The Treatment of Prisoners of War In The Asian-Pacific WarPart III: Detainees in Irregular Conflicts10. Isabel V. Hull: Prisoners in Colonial Warfare: The Imperial German Example11. Raphaelle Branche: The French in Algeria: Can There Be Prisoners of War In A 'Domestic' Operation?12. Huw Bennett: Detention and Interrogation In Northern Ireland 1969-197513. Bettina Renz: The Status and Treatment of Detainees in Russia's Chechen CampaignsPart IV: Contemporary Problems and Challenges14. Chia Lehnardt: Private Military Personnel as Prisoners Of War15. Matthew Happold: Child Prisoners in War16. John B. Bellinger III: Legal Issues Related To Armed Conflict with Non-State Groups17. Adam Roberts: Detainees: Misfits in Peace And War18. David Cole: Outsourcing Terror: Extraordinary Rendition and The Necessity For Extraterritorial Protection of Human Rights19. Alia Brahimi: Terrorist Beheadings: Politics and Reciprocity20. Sibylle Scheipers: Conclusion: Prisoners and Detainees in Current and Future Military OperationsIndex