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An Introduction to the International Law of Armed Conflicts

By: Robert Kolb, Richard Hyde
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Published: 17-09-2008
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 376
ISBN: 9781841137995
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 244 x 169 mm
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About An Introduction to the International Law of Armed Conflicts

This book provides a modern and basic introduction to a branch of international law constantly gaining in importance in international life, namely international humanitarian law (the law of armed conflict). It is constructed in a way suitable for self-study. The subject-matters are discussed in self-contained chapters, allowing each to be studied independently of the others. Among the subject-matters discussed are, inter alia: the Relationship between jus ad bellum / jus in bello; Historical Evolution of IHL; Basic Principles and Sources of IHL; Martens Clause; International and Non-International Armed Conflicts; Material, Spatial, Personal and Temporal Scope of Application of IHL; Special Agreements under IHL; Role of the ICRC; Targeting; Objects Specifically Protected against Attack; Prohibited Weapons; Perfidy; Reprisals; Assistance of the Wounded and Sick; Definition of Combatants; Protection of Prisoners of War; Protection of Civilians; Occupied Territories; Protective Emblems; Sea Warfare; Neutrality; Implementation of IHL.

Table Of Contents

Part I Introduction
1. The Law of Armed Conflict as a Branch of Public International Law
2. Jus Ad Bellum: Main Components 9
3. Jus In Bello: Main Components
4. The Separation Between Jus Ad Bellum and Jus In Bello in Modern International Law: Equality of the Belligerents and Just War
5. Total War and Limited War

Part II The Law of Armed Conflicts
6. Historical Evolution of the LOAC
7. Basic Principles of the LOAC
8. Main Sources of the LOAC
9. The Martens Clause
10. International and Non-International Armed Conflicts
11. Applicability of the LOAC: Material Scope of Applicability
12. Applicability of the LOAC: Personal Scope of Applicability
13. Applicability of the LOAC: Spatial Scope of Applicability
14. Applicability of the LOAC: Temporal Scope of Applicability
15. Applicability of the LOAC by Special Agreements
16. The Role of the International Committee of the Red Cross
17. Targeting: the Principle of Distinction Between Civilian and Military Objectives
18. Other Objectives Specifically Protected Against Attack
19. Prohibited Weapons
20. Perfidy and Ruses
21. Some Other Prohibited Means and Methods of Warfare
22. Belligerent Reprisals 173
23. Command Responsibility
24. Assistance, Respect and Protection of Wounded and Sick Military Persons
25. The Definition of Combatants
26. Protection of Prisoners of War
27. General Protection of Civilians
28. Occupied Territories (Belligerent Occupation)
29. The 'Intangible' Nature of the LOAC Rights
30. Protective Emblems
31. Sea Warfare
32. Non-International Armed Conflicts in Particular
33. The Relationship Between the LOAC and Human Rights Law
34. Neutrality
35. The Implementation of the LOAC


“…a succinct, but authoritative, overview that is suitable for the many law and undergraduate course now offered in this rather popular but gruesome subject.” –  Amercian Society of International Law newsletter, Issue 39

“Robert Kolb's and Richard Hyde's Introduction to the International Law of Armed Conflicts… is not only timely, but in fact closes a significant gap in the didactic legal literature…This contribution reflects a formidable balance between the simplicity and accessibility of an introductory volume and the comprehensiveness and depth of a full-fledged legal textbook…Students constitute the target audience …and I highly recommend ths instructive contribution to them.” –  Robert Geiâ, German Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 51

“Résolument orienté vers l'apprentissage, cet ouvrage constitue un veritable <manuel> qui rendra service aux jurists en formation ainsi qu'à toute personne ayant à connaître les bases du droit international humanitaire.” –  S.R.-C, Annuaire Francais de Droit International

“The educational role of this book is evident, as each section, covering roughly 5-15 pages, includes a learning objective, an analysis of the topic discussed and a comprehension check with questions and answers. This last part is equally interesting and worth reading, as it provides further clarifications of the law or gives practical examples on how the law should be interpreted and applied in practice.
The book is not technical, as it is written in simple and accessible language for every student or professional, who is interested in humanitarian law and is not familiar with the topic. Additionally it could serve as a textbook for academic use or as a tool of dissemination of humanitarian law rules to the general public. As the titles reveals, it is an introduction and therefore it is not addressed to people with substantial prior knowledge in the law of armed conflict. On the other hand it offers much more than just a basic introduction, while it is also comprehensive enough, without the need to resort to the text of the relevant treaties.

Overall the book provides the essential information on the law of armed conflict, while it functions as an appetizer for a deeper study of this area.

” –  Konstantinos Mastorodimos, Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, Issue 4

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