Prisoners in War

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The issue of prisoners in war is a highly timely topic that has received much attention from both scholars and practitioners since the start of the military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and the ensuing legal and political problems concerning detainees in those conflicts. This book analyses these contemporary problems and challenges against the background of their historical development. It provides a multidisciplinary yet highly coherent perspective on the historical trajectory of legal and ethical norms in this field by integrating the historical analysis of war with a study of the emergence of the modern legal regime of prisoners in war. In doing so, it provides the first comprehensive study of prisoners, detainees and internees in war, covering a broad range of both regular and irregular wars from the crusades to contemporary counterinsurgency campaigns.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199577576
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/2/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sibylle Scheipers is the Director of Studies of the Changing Character of War Program at Oxford University.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Prisoners in War Sibylle Scheipers Scheipers, Sibylle 1

Pt. I The Emergence of Legal and Ethical Standards Before the Second World War

2 A Cautionary Tale from the Crusades? War and Prisoners in Conditions of Normative Incommensurability Frederic Megret Megret, Frederic 23

3 Prisoners in Early Modern European Warfare Peter H. Wilson Wilson, Peter H. 39

4 Prisoners of War in International Law: The Nineteenth Century Stephen C. Neff Neff, Stephen C. 57

5 Prisoners in the First World War Alan R. Kramer Kramer, Alan R. 75

6 The 1929 Prisoner of War Convention and the Building of the Inter-war Prisoner of War Regime Neville Wylie Wylie, Neville 91

Pt. II Prisoners in Regular Conflicts - the Second World War

7 The Treatment of Prisoners of War in the Western European Theatre of War, 1939-15 Bob Moore Moore, Bob 111

8 The Treatment of Prisoners of War in the Eastern European Theatre of Operations 1941-56 Rudiger Overmans Overmans, Rudiger 127

9 Japanese Culture and the Treatment of Prisoners of War in the Asian-Pacific War Philip Towle Towle, Philip 141

Pt. III Detainees in Irregular Conflicts

10 Prisoners in Colonial Warfare: The Imperial German Example Isabel V. Hull Hull, Isabel V. 157

11 The French in Algeria: Can There be Prisoners of War in a 'Domestic' Operation? Raphaelle Branche Branche, Raphaelle 173

12 Detention and Interrogation in Northern Ireland, 1969-75 Huw Bennett Bennett, Huw 187

13 The Status and Treatment of Detainees in Russia's Chechen Campaigns Bettina Renz Renz, Bettina 205

Pt. IV Contemporary Problems and Challenges

14 Private Military Personnel as-Prisoners of War Chia Lehnardt Chia, Lehnardt 221

15 Child Prisoners in War Matthew Happold Happold, Matthew 237

16 Legal Issues Related to Armed Conflict with Non-state Groups John B. Bellinger III Bellinger, John B., III 251

17 Detainees: Misfits in Peace and War Adam Roberts Roberts, Adam 263

18 Outsourcing Torture: Extraordinary Rendition and the Necessity for Extraterritorial Protection of Human Rights David D. Cole Cole, David D. 281

19 Terrorist Beheadings: Politics and Reciprocity Alia Brahimi Brahimi, Alia 297

20 Conclusion: Prisoners and Detainees in Current and Future Military Operations Sibylle Scheipers Scheipers, Sibylle 313

Index 321

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