Civilian Immunity in War

Civilian Immunity in War

by Igor Primoratz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199290741

ISBN-13: 9780199290741

Pub. Date: 11/24/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The protection of noncombatants from deadly violence is the centrepiece of any account of ethical and legal constraints on war. It was a major achievement of moral progress from early modern times to World War I. Yet it has been under constant attrition since - perhaps never more so than in our time, with its 'new wars', the spectre of weapons of mass destruction,

Overview

The protection of noncombatants from deadly violence is the centrepiece of any account of ethical and legal constraints on war. It was a major achievement of moral progress from early modern times to World War I. Yet it has been under constant attrition since - perhaps never more so than in our time, with its 'new wars', the spectre of weapons of mass destruction, and the global terrorism alert.

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".

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199290741
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/24/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on the contributors
Introduction
Part one
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
Part two
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

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