The War on Terror and the Laws of War: A Military Perspective

Paperback | January 27, 2015

byGeoffrey S. Corn, James A. Schoettler, Dru Brenner-Beck

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Many years after the United States initiated a military response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, the nation continues to prosecute what it considers an armed conflict against transnational terrorist groups. Understanding how the law of armed conflict applies to and regulatesmilitary operations executed within the scope of this armed conflict against transnational non-state terrorist groups is as important today as it was in September 2001. In The War on Terror and the Laws of War seven legal scholars, each with experience as military officers, focus on how to strike an effective balance between the necessity of using armed violence to subdue a threat to the nation with the humanitarian interest of mitigating the suffering inevitablyassociated with that use. Each chapter addresses a specific operational issue, including the national right of self-defense, military targeting and the use of drones, detention, interrogation, trial by military commission of captured terrorist operatives, and the impact of battlefield perspectiveson counter-terror military operations, while illustrating how the law of armed conflict influences resolution of that issue. This Second Edition carries on the critical mission of continuing the ongoing dialogue about the law from an unabashedly military perspective, bringing practical wisdom to thecontentious topic of applying international law to the battlefield.

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Many years after the United States initiated a military response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, the nation continues to prosecute what it considers an armed conflict against transnational terrorist groups. Understanding how the law of armed conflict applies to and regulatesmilitary operations executed within the scop...

Geoffrey S. Corn is The Presidential Research Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law in Houston Texas, who retired in 2004 from the U.S. Army as Lieutenant Colonel (Retired). Professor Corn's teaching and scholarship focuses on the law of armed conflict, national security law, criminal law and procedure, and prosecutorial ethi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.79 inPublished:January 27, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Author BiographiesAcknowledgmentsList of Treaties and Sources Frequently Cited in this BookMajor General (Retired) Charles J. Dunlap, Jr.: Foreword to the Second EditionMajor General (Retired) Charles J. Dunlap, Jr.: Foreword to the First EditionGeoffrey S. Corn: Introduction1. Geoffrey S. Corn: Legal Basis for the Use of Armed Conflict2. Geoffrey S. Corn: Triggering the Law of Armed Conflict?3. Eric Talbot jensen: Targeting of Persons and Property4. Dick Jackson: Interrogation and Treatment of Detainees in the Global War on Terror5. James A. Schoettler, Jr.: Detention of Combatants and the War on Terror6. Dru Brenner-Beck: Trial and Punishment for Battlefield Misconduct7. Michael W. Lewis: Battlefield Perspectives on the Laws of WarIndex

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"The passing of 'industrial' wars, for which the basic laws of armed conflict were written, to today's unconventional wars challenges the utility of our force and the legal and moral foundations upon which Americans must fight. The authors elucidate and guide the reader through thesecomplexities with powerful analysis. This is a book for warriors at all levels who have to make the agonizing decisions in the conduct of war." --Lt. Gen. Harry E. "Ed" Soyster, US Army (ret)