Documents on the Laws of War

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Readership : This is an essential book for statesmen and diplomats, members of armed forces and humanitarian organizations, lawyers, journalists, and students of international law and international relations. This is a completely revised and updated edition of a book which has become widely accepted internationally as a standard work on international humanitarian law. It contains authoritative texts of the main treaties and other key documents covering a wide variety of issues: the rights and duties of both belligerents and neutrals; prohibitions or restrictions on the use of particular weapons; the protection of victims of war, including the wounded and sick, prisoners of war, and civilians; the application of the law to forces operating under UN auspices; the attempts to apply the laws of war in civil wars; the prosecution of war crimes and genocide; the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons; and many other matters. This third edition, greatly expanded from the second, contains thirteen new documents, including agreements on anti-personnel mines and laser weapons; key extracts from the statutes of the international criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and the International Criminal Court; two documents on UN forces and international humanitarian law; and an extract from the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on nuclear weapons. There is a new appendix listing internet websites.

This is an essential reference on the legal basis of war.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the first edition: "It is not just in places where public international law is taught that this volume of documents is going to be useful. With the rising of the current tide of interest and concern about the shape armaments and militarism are giving to our collective future and about the likely chatacter of its warfare, rises also an Pnxious public interest in the potential value of legal prohibitions and restraints in war....Roberts and Guelff rely on the documents to speak for themselves, and are right to do so. Their becoming generally available in this neat and usable form is an event of much importance for all who take a serious interest in humanitarian law and endeavour, and the limitation of men's violence towards men."--New Society

"Not a single textual inaccuracy....Editorial judgements are consistently sound....The selection of documents is impeccable."--Survival

"Indispensable to practitioners and students alike....We are much indebted to the patient and scholarly labours of the two editors."--International Affairs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198761174
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/15/1982
  • Pages: 498

Meet the Author

Adam Roberts is Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Balliol College.

Richard Guelff is a member of the District of Columbia Bar with an international law practice in London and counsel to a law firm in Geneva.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by the Editors
1856 Paris Declaration Respecting Maritime Law
1868 St Petersburg Declaration Renouncing the Use, in Time of War, of Explosive Projectiles Under 400 Grammes Weight
1899 Hague Declaration 2 Concerning Asphyxiating Gases
1899 Hague Declaration 3 Concerning Expanding Bullets
1907 Hague Convention IV Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land
Annex to the Convention: Regulations Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land
1907 Hague Convention V Respecting the Rights and Duties of Neutral Powers and Persons in Case of War on Land
1907 Hague Convention VII Relating to the Conversion of Merchant Ships into Warships
1907 Hague Convention VIII Relative to the Laying of Automatic Submarine Contact Mines
1907 Hague Convention IX Concerning Bombardment by Naval Forces in Time of War
1907 Hague Convention XI Relative to Certain Restrictions with Regard to Exercise of the Right of Capture in Naval War
1907 Hague Convention XIII Concerning the Rights and Duties of Neutral Powers in Naval War
1923 Hague Rules of Aerial Warfare
1925 Geneva Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare
1936 London Proces-Verbal Relating to the Rules of Submarine Warfare Set Forth in Part IV of the Treaty of London of 22 April 1930
1946 Judgment of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg: Extracts on Crimes Against International Law
1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
1949 Geneva Convention I for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field
1949 Geneva Convention II for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea
1949 Geneva Convention III Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War
1949 Geneva Convention IV Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War
1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
Regulations for the Execution of the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
1954 First Hague Protocol for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
1976 UN Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques
1977 Geneva Protocol I Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and Relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts
1977 Geneva Protocol II Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and Relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts
1978 Red Cross Fundamental Rules of International Humanitarian Law Applicable in Armed Conflicts
1980 UN Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May be Deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects
1980 Protocol I on Non-Detectable Fragments
1980 Protocol II on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps and Other Devices
1980 Protocol III on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Incendiary Weapons
1995 Protocol IV on Blinding Laser Weapons
1996 Amended Protocol II on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps and Other Devices
1991 Operation Desert Storm, US Rules of Engagement (Pocket Card)
1993 Statute of International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: Extracts
1994 San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea
1994 ICRC/UNGA Guidelines for Military Manuals and Instructions on the Protection of the Environment in Time of Armed Conflict
1994 Statute of International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: Extracts
1994 UN Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel
1996 Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons: Extract
1997 Ottawa Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction
1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: Extracts
1999 Second Hague Protocol for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
1999 UN Secretary-General's Bulletin on Observance by UN Forces of International Humanitarian Law Appendix I : Emblems and Signs Appendix II : Electronic Media Select Bibliography on the Laws of War Index

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