The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law in War

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 18, 2016 - Law - 890 pages
Newly revised and expanded, The Law of Armed Conflict, 2nd edition introduces law students and undergraduates to the law of war in an age of terrorism. What law of armed conflict (LOAC), or its civilian counterpart, international humanitarian law (IHL), applies in a particular armed conflict? Are terrorists legally bound by that law? What constitutes a war crime? What (or who) is a lawful target and how are targeting decisions made? What are 'rules of engagement' and who formulates them? How can an autonomous weapon system be bound by the law of armed conflict? Why were the Guantánamo military commissions a failure? This book takes students through these LOACIHL questions and more, employing real-world examples and legal opinions from the US and abroad. From Nuremberg to 9/11, from courts-martial to the US Supreme Court, from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first, the law of war is explained, interpreted, and applied.
 

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Contents

Rules of War Laws of War
3
Law of Armed Conflicts Core Principles
7
Codes Conventions Declarations and Regulations
42
Red Cross
52
Two World Wars and Their Law of Armed Conflict Results
79
of Military Justice
93
Protocols and Politics
128
Conflict Status
159
Autonomous Weapons Drones and Targeted Killing
535
Human Targeting and CrossBorder Counterattacks
569
Function
584
Cases and Materials
604
Torture
615
Misconduct
635
Cases and Materials
655
Cyber Warfare
673

Article 2 and Back
165
Cases and Materials
182
Nicaragua
191
Individual Battlefield Status
200
Cases and Materials
255
or Use of Nuclear Weapons
314
Kupreškić and Others
322
What Is a War Crime?
328
Obedience to Orders the First Defense
373
Command Responsibility and Respondeat Superior
417
11
457
Trial of Otto Skorzeny and Others
470
Cases and Materials
498
Targeting Objects
505
by Their Location
511
Attacks on Cultural Property
710
The 1980 Certain Conventional Weapons Convention
732
262
753
Gas Biological and Chemical Weapons Treaties
757
Cases and Materials
775
Military Commissions
783
268
787
Guantánamo Arraignment You Had to Be There Or Not?
812
References
843
269
868
292
874
Index
883
304
885
by Their Use 13 4 Dangerous Forces
887
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Gary D. Solis is a retired professor of law of the United States Military Academy, where he taught the law of armed conflict and directed West Point's law of war program for six years. He was a 2007 Library of Congress scholar in residence. He is a retired US Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, having twice served in Vietnam, where he was a company commander. He holds law degrees from the University of California, Davis and George Washington University, Washington DC. He has a doctorate in the law of war from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a member of the American Law Institute and teaches the law of war at Georgetown University Law Center. His books include Marines and Military Law in Vietnam (1989) and Son Thang: An American War Crime (1997).

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