- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: May 2017
- Print publication year: 2017
- Online ISBN: 9781316759868
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.
Antonia Chayes - Tufts University, Massachusetts
Richard Falk - University of California, Santa Barbara
Anne-Marie Slaughter - President and CEO, New America
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