International Law and New Wars

International Law and New Wars

by Christine Chinkin, Mary Kaldor


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International Law and New Wars examines how international law fails to address the contemporary experience of what are known as 'new wars' - instances of armed conflict and violence in places such as Syria, Ukraine, Libya, Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. International law, largely constructed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, rests to a great extent on the outmoded concept of war drawn from European experience - inter-state clashes involving battles between regular and identifiable armed forces. The book shows how different approaches are associated with different interpretations of international law, and, in some cases, this has dangerously weakened the legal restraints on war established after 1945. It puts forward a practical case for what it defines as second generation human security and the implications this carries for international law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781316622094
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/19/2017
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 1,176,721
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.26(d)

About the Author

Christine Chinkin is Emerita Professor of International Law and Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and William Cook overseas faculty member of the University of Michigan Law School. She is a leading expert on international law and human rights law, especially the international human rights of women.

Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and CEO of the DFID-funded Justice and Security Research Programme. Her areas of research include European security, global civil society, new wars and human security.

Table of Contents

Part I. Conceptual Framework: 1. Introduction; 2. Sovereignty and the authority to use force; 3. The relevance of international law; Part II. Jus ad Bellum: 4. Self-defence as a justification for war: the geopolitical and war on terror models; 5. The humanitarian model for recourse to use force; Part III. Jus in Bello: 6. How force is used; 7. Weapons; Part IV. Jus Post-Bellum: 8. 'Post-conflict' and governance; 9. The liberal peace: peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding; 10. Justice and accountability; Part V. The Way Forward: 11. Second generation human security; 12. What does human security require of international law?

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