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Civilian Immunity in War, written in collaboration by eleven authors, provides the ...
Civilian Immunity in War, written in collaboration by eleven authors, provides the first comprehensive analysis of all main aspects of this highly topical subject. It considers the arguments for rejection of civilian immunity and the main theories of the grounds and proper scope of this immunity, both deontological (just war theory) and consequentialist. Separate chapters examine the historical development of the idea of civilian immunity, its standing in current international law, and the problem of "collateral damage": of harming civilians without intent, as a side-effect of attacks on military targets. The volume also addresses a string of specific issues. Civilian immunity has undergone much attrition with the development of air warfare and the tendency of military conflict to degenerate into "total" war. On the other hand, modern military technology with its precision guidance missiles and "smart" bombs opens up the possibility of restricting deadly violence to its proper targets and staying clear of civilian life, limb, and property. Another pressing issue is the fate of women in war in light of mass rapes characteristic of some "new wars".
Notes on the contributors
1. Civilian immunity in war: its grounds, scope and weight, Igor Primoratz
2. Civilians and soldiers, Uwe Steinhoff
3. Civilian immunity in war: from Augustine to Vattel, Colm McKeogh
4. Civilian immunity in war: legal aspects, David Kretzmer
5. Civilian immunity, forcing the choice and collective responsibility, Seumas Miller
6. Collateral immunity in war and terrorism, C.A.J. (Tony) Coady
7. Air power and non-combatant immunity: the road to Dresden, Stephen A. Garrett
8. Civilian immunity in the precision-guidance age, Hugh White
9. Civilian immunity in the 'new wars', Paul Gilbert
10. Women, war and international law, Veronique Zanetti
11. War and the protection of property, Janna Thompson