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The Law of War
A Detailed Assessment of the US Department of Defense Law of War Manual


  • Date Published: August 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108446358

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  • In 2015, the United States Department of Defense published its long-awaited Law of War Manual making a significant statement on the position of the US government on important military matters. Whilst readers recognise the Manual's legal and strategic importance, they may question whether particular statements of law are legally accurate or complete. This book offers a unique in-depth review of the complete Manual, including revisions, on a paragraph-by-paragraph, line-by-line and word-by-word basis. The authors offer their personal assessment of the DoD's declared view as to the law that regulates the conduct of warfare, a subject of unparalleled current importance. William H. Boothby and Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg offer a balanced, articulate and authoritative critique for readers perusing the Manual in whatever capacity.

    • Provides a detailed appraisal of the Department of Defense Law of War Manual which will assist the eclectic users of this publication
    • Emulates the Manual's paragraph numbering and pagination to enable readers to readily relate the authors' critique to the original text
    • Includes comments by reference to Additional Protocol I and other treaties not necessarily ratified by the US, rendering the text of use not only to US readers but also to those from the wider international community
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108446358
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. General background
    2. Principles
    3. Application of the law of war
    4. Classes of persons
    5. The conduct of hostilities
    6. Weapons
    7. Wounded, sick, shipwrecked, dead and the medical services
    8. Detention – overview and baseline rules
    9. Prisoners of war
    10. Civilians in the hands of a party to the conflict
    11. Military occupation
    12. Non-hostile relations between belligerents
    13. Naval warfare
    14. Air and space warfare
    15. The law of neutrality
    16. Cyber operations
    17. Non-international armed conflict
    18. Implementation and enforcement of the law of war
    19. Documentary appendix – notes on treaties and other relevant documents
    20. Post-publication amendments.

  • Authors

    William H. Boothby, Australian National University, Canberra
    William H. Boothby is an associate fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. A former Air Commodore, he retired as Deputy Director of Legal Services for the RAF in 2011.

    Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, Europa-Universitat Viadrina
    Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg is the Chair of Public Law, in particular Public International Law, European Law and Foreign Constitutional Law, at Europa-Universität Viadrina in Germany.

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