The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary (Oxford Commentaries on International Law)

The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary (Oxford Commentaries on International Law)

By: Paola Gaeta (editor), Andrew Clapham (editor), Marco Sassoli (editor)Hardback

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The four Geneva Conventions, adopted in 1949, remain the fundamental basis of contemporary international humanitarian law. They protect the wounded and sick on the battlefield, those wounded, sick or shipwrecked at sea, prisoners of war, and civilians in time of war. However, since they were adopted warfare has changed considerably. In this groundbreaking commentary over sixty international law experts investigate the application of the Geneva Conventions and explain how they should be interpreted today. It places the Conventions in the light of the developing obligations imposed by international law on states, armed groups, and individuals, most notably through international human rights law and international criminal law. The context in which the Conventions are to be applied and interpreted has changed considerably since they were first written. The borderline between international and non-international armed conflicts is not as clear-cut as was once thought, and is complicated further by the use of armed force mandated by the United Nations and the complex mixed and transnational nature of certain non-international armed conflicts. The influence of other developing branches of international law, such as human rights law and refugee law has been considerable. The development of international criminal law has breathed new life into multiple provisions of the Geneva Conventions. This commentary adopts a thematic approach to provide detailed analysis of each key issue dealt with by the Conventions, taking into account both judicial decisions and state practice. Cross-cutting chapters on issues such as transnational conflicts and the geographical scope of the Conventions also give readers a full understanding of the meaning of the Geneva Conventions in their contemporary context. Prepared under the auspices of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, this commentary on four of the most important treaties in international law is unmissable for anyone working in or studying situations of armed conflicts.

About Author

Andrew Clapham is Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva. Before he joined the GIIS in 1997, he was the Representative of Amnesty International to the United Nations in New York. His current research relates to the role of non-state actors in international law and related questions in human rights and humanitarian law. Andrew Clapham was the Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from 2006 until 2014. His publications include The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict (co-edited with Paola Gaeta) (OUP 2014), Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction (2007), Human Rights Obligations of Non-State Actors (2006), and International Human Rights Lexicon (2005), with Susan Marks. He is an academic associate member of Matrix Chambers in London. Paola Gaeta (PhD in Law, European University Institute, 1997) was Assistant Professor (1998), Associate Professor (2001) and then Tenured Professor (2001-2010) of Public International Law at the University of Florence. She is currently Tenured Professor of International Criminal Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva and Adjunct Professor of International Criminal Law at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies. From 2007 until 2014, she was the Director of the LL.M. Programme in International Humanitarian Law of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and from 2011 until 2014 Director of the Academy itself. She is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Criminal Justice and of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of International Law. Her publications include The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict (co-edited with Andrew Clapham) (OUP 2014). Marco Sassoli (PhD in Law, Basel, 1989) is Professor of International Law and Director of the Department of International Law and International Organization at the University of Geneva. From 2001-2003, Marco Sassoli was Professor of International Law at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Canada, where he remains Associate Professor. He is member of the International Commission of Jurists. He has worked from 1985-1997 for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at the headquarters, inter alia as Deputy Head of its Legal Division, and in conflict areas, in particular the Middle East and the Balkans. He has also served as registrar at the Swiss Supreme Court, and from 2004-2013 as chair of the board of Geneva Call, an NGO engaging non-state armed actors to respect humanitarian rules.

Contents

PART I CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES AND COMMON PROVISIONS; SECTION A - CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES; SECTION B - COMMON PROVISIONS; SUB-SECTION 1 - GENERAL; SUB-SECTION 2 - SPECIAL RULES; SUB-SECTION 3 - COMMON ARTICLE 3; SECTION C - ENSURING COMPLIANCE WITH THE CONVENTIONS; SECTION D - THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS IN CONTEXT; PART II - SPECIFIC ISSUES AND REGIMES; SECTION A - GENEVA CONVENTIONS I AND II; SECTION B - GENEVA CONVENTION III; SECTION C - GENEVA CONVENTION IV; SUB-SECTION 1 - GENERAL; SUB-SECTION 2 - CIVILIANS IN THE HANDS OF THE ENEMY: GENERAL PROTECTION; SUB-SECTION 3 - SPECIFIC PROTECTION; SUB-SECTION 4 - INTERNMENT; SUB-SECTION 5 - OCCUPIED TERRITORIES

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  • ISBN13: 9780199675449
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 1754
  • ID: 9780199675449
  • weight: 2030
  • ISBN10: 0199675449

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