What Is War?: An Investigation in the Wake of 9/11

What Is War?: An Investigation in the Wake of 9/11

by Mary Ellen O'Connell
     
 

International law has lacked a widely-accepted definition of armed conflict despite the essential human rights and other rules that depend on such a definition. During armed conflict, government forces have "combatant immunity" to kill without warning. They may detain enemy forces until the end of the conflict without the requirement to provide a speedy and fair

Overview

International law has lacked a widely-accepted definition of armed conflict despite the essential human rights and other rules that depend on such a definition. During armed conflict, government forces have "combatant immunity" to kill without warning. They may detain enemy forces until the end of the conflict without the requirement to provide a speedy and fair trial. Governments may have asylum obligations or neutrality obligations based on the existence of armed conflict. To fill this gap in our knowledge of the law, the International Law Association's Committee on the Use of Force produced a report on the meaning of armed conflict. This book contains the report and papers delivered at an inter-disciplinary conference designed to inform the committee from a variety of perspectives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004172340
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/16/2012
Series:
International Humanitarian Law Series , #37
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ellen O'Connell holds a chair at the University of Notre Dame. She earned law degrees at Cambridge and Columbia Universities and is the author of numerous publications, including, The Power and Purpose of International Law (OUP 2008) and Redefining Sovereignty (with Bothe and Ronzitti, Transnational 2005).

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