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International Law and New Wars

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  • Date Published: April 2017
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316622094

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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.

    • Argues how international law no longer fits contemporary forms of political violence and new wars, and exposes readers to a critique of contemporary legal regulation of the use of force
    • Offers a critical introduction to international law as it relates to the use of force, giving the book a wide appeal
    • Integrates gender throughout, exposing readers to an overlooked perspective in the context of contemporary wars
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Chinkin and Kaldor understand deeply and explain clearly the legal issues and distortions involved in justifications for international interventions into 'new wars' and their aftermath. Their human security lens provides new creative focus to a burgeoning literature.' Antonia Chayes, Tufts University, Massachusetts

    'An inspired collaboration between two leading world experts on the linkages between international law and war. International Law and New Wars is an outstanding contribution to scholarship, being the most comprehensive and authoritative treatment of this most important of all current global challenges. It seems to be the most significant book on international law published in the last decade.' Richard Falk, University of California, Santa Barbara

    'International Law and New Wars is a magisterial achievement of breathtaking power and originality. Chinkin and Kaldor lay out a realistic and achievable blueprint for peace and security in the twnety-first century.' Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America

    'Christine Chinkin and Mary Kaldor’s International Law and New Wars should be on the reading list of every service as well as that of the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and it should be taught in every war college. … [T]his is a book that should be read again and again. It is an energizing vehicle for facilitating vigorous discussion.' Cornelia Weiss, Parameters

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316622094
    • length: 608 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • availability: In stock
  • 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?

  • Authors

    Christine Chinkin, London School of Economics and Political Science
    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, London School of Economics and Political Science
    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.

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