The Geneva Conventions Under Assault

The Geneva Conventions Under Assault

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Outrages committed during violent conflict and as part of the 'war on terror' are not only an affront to human dignity -- they also violate the Geneva Conventions. This book examines recent high-profile cases of repeated and open abuse of the Conventions. The contributors explore why these and related violations of international humanitarian law cannot be viewed as anomalies, but must be regarded as part of a pattern which is set to undermine the Geneva Conventions as a whole. The contributors argue that an international system in which there is diminishing legal restraint on the use of force means that the world will become less secure and more volatile, even for those in the most powerful countries. Individuals everywhere face the prospect of a horrifying vulnerability. This is the first scholarly yet accessible work to consider the meanings of outrages such as the normalisation of torture, as well as the worrying new normative, technical and tactical developments that challenge the purpose and standing of the Geneva more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 134.62 x 215.9 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745329144
  • 9780745329147

About Sarah Perrigo

Sarah Perrigo is Postgraduate Research Director at the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford. Jim Whitman is a senior lecturer in the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford and general editor of the Palgrave Global Issues book more

Table of contents

Preface Abbreviations and Acronyms 1. The Geneva Conventions and the Normative Tenor of International Relations Sonia Cardenas 2. The History and Status of the Geneva Conventions Wade Mansell and Karen Openshaw 3. The Principle of Proportionality in the Law of Armed Conflict Francoise Hampson 4. Civilian Protection - What's Left of the Norm? Stuart Gordon 5. The Protection of Detainees in International Humanitarian Law Keiichiro Okimoto 6. Non-Lethal Weapons: A Rose by any Other Name Nick Lewer 7. From 'Total War' to 'Total Operations' - Contemporary Doctrine and Adherence to IHL Bjorn Muller-Wille 8. The Paradox of Value Discourses Helen Dexter 9. Freeing Force from Legal Constraint Jim Whitman 10. Undermining International Humanitarian Law and the Politics of Liberal Democracies Sarah Perrigo About the Contributors Indexshow more

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Few international instruments are more necessary today than the Geneva Conventions. This valuable, timely and very accessible collection of essays explains their foundational values and, from a range of perspectives, their ability to outlast short term political imperatives. -- Professor Philippe Sands QC, University College London, author of Lawless World and Torture Team This book identifies relevant law, trends, factors, mutual self-interests at stake, and consequences regarding underlying values of human dignity and force restrained by laws that are necessary for the rule of law in liberal democracies and in an international community attentive to human rights. -- Jordan J. Paust, Mike & Teresa Baker Law Center Professor of International Law, University of Houstonshow more

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