A Century of War and Peace: Asia-Pacific Perspectives on the Centenary of the 1899 Hague Peace Conference

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This, the first volume in the new series Melbourne Studies in Comparative and International Law, contains the revised and updated versions of papers presented to the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, held at The University of Melbourne, to commemorate the centenary of the 1899 Hague Peace Conference and the 50th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions. Within the context of the Asia-Pacific region, the collection, by a wealth of international scholars and expert practitioners, explores the major issues addressed at the Conference in 1899, including the peaceful settlement of disputes, international humanitarian law, and arms control and disarmament.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Conference: Its Themes and Legacy 1
1 Princes and Peacemakers: The Story of the Hague Peace Conference of 1899 3
2 Asia-Pacific Approaches to Disarmament, The Peaceful Settlement of Disputes and International Humanitarian Law 17
3 Significance of the Hague Peace Conference in the Asia-Pacific Region: the South Pacific Including New Zealand 29
Pt. II Peaceful Settlement of Disputes 41
4 A Perspective of Dispute Settlement Arrangements for the Twenty-First Century 43
5 International Dispute Resolution: The Role of the International Court of Justice at the Cusp of the Millenium 59
6 China and the Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes 83
Pt. III International Humanitarian Law 109
7 The 1899 Hague Peace Conference and the Development of the Laws of War: Asia's Contribution to the Quest for Humanitarianism? 111
8 Application of International Humanitarian Law to Internal Armed Conflicts 139
9 Internal Disturbances and Tensions: Forgotten Conflicts 155
Pt. IV Arms Control and Disarmament 167
10 Arms Control and Disarmament: One of the Main Themes of the Hague Peace Conference of 1899 169
11 Arms Control and Disarmament: The Development of Approaches in the Asia-Pacific Region 179
12 Prospects for Nuclear Disarmament 201
13 Nuclear Non-proliferation in the Asia-Pacific Region 213
14 Addressing the Chemical and Biological Weapons Threat 223
Pt. V Case Study: Cambodia 233
15 Achieving Peace in Cambodia 235
16 The Cambodian Settlement 247
Pt. VI Concluding Remarks 267
17 Commemorating the Centenary of the 1899 Hague Peace Conference 269
Notes on Contributors 275
Index 279
Treaties Index 289
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