Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences and law, expertly written by the world's leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.
This innovative book provides a thought-provoking introduction to international humanitarian law (IHL). Robert Kolb explores the field through questions - which are at times challenging and controversial - in order to get to the very essence of the subject and give a fresh perspective. The result is an exposition both of the law as it stands, through its written and unwritten rules, and also of the uncertainties, gaps, controversies and practical problems which have arisen. IHL is revealed as a living tool, an ever-adapting means to an ever-remaining need of protection during times of armed conflict.
Key features include:
* Focus on key questions, exploring the whole system of law and its practical working
* Covers the main principles, sources of law and implementation
* Leads the reader to think through the topic
* Concise and accessible, whilst taking a rigorous approach.
Reflecting on current questions regarding the structure of the law, this concise and readable book offers a thought-provoking view of the system as a whole and its practical working. It covers the main principles, applicability issues and implementation of humanitarian law, as well as shedding light on the challenges ahead. This thoughtful introduction will provide unique insights for academics, advanced students, government officials and practitioners interested in the legal construction of international humanitarian law.
Robert Kolb, Professor of Public International Law, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Contents: Foreword 1. The Main Epochs of Modern International Humanitarian Law and their Related Legal Constructions 2. International Armed Conflict and Non-International Armed Conflict 3. The Sources of International Humanitarian Law and Their Subject-Matter Specificity 4. The Main Principles of International Humanitarian Law 5. Applicability Issues: Finding a Way out of the Quagmire 6. Combatants and Civilians: A Sometimes Difficult Divide 7. Targeting: A Context-Related Legal Set of Rules 8. Implementation of International Humanitarian Law: The Achilles Heel of the System 9. Conclusion: The Challenges Ahead Bibliography List of abbreviations Index