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Conflict Law

The Influence of New Weapons Technology, Human Rights and Emerging Actors

Boothby, William H.

2014, XV, 464 p. 1 illus.

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  • Author combines extensive military career with academic rigour
  • Takes numerous vital issues currently confronting the law of armed conflict and presents the author's personal assessment of each
  • Written in a clear and accessible style

In this, the second decade of the 21st Century, the law relating to conflict is confronted by a number of challenges this book seeks to identify and to discuss. Topics as diverse as the evolving spectrum of conflict, innovations in weaponry, automated and autonomous attack, the depersonalisation of warfare, detention operations, the influence of modern media and the application of human rights law to the conduct of hostilities are examined to see to what extent existing legal norms are under attack. The book takes each topic in turn, explains relevant provisions of contemporary law and analyses exactly where the legal problem lies. The analysis then develops the theme, examining for example the implications of current rules as to deception operations for certain applications of cyber warfare.

The book, written in an accessible style, demonstrates the continuing relevance of established rules and the importance of compliance with them. It is a valuable tool for further discussion and research involving academics, military lawyers and commanders, governments, ministries of defence and foreign affairs, libraries, diplomats, think tanks, policy units, NGOs, journalists, students and all others with an interest in law of armed conflict issues.


Dr William H. Boothby is the Former Deputy Director of Legal Services, Royal Air Force, United Kingdom.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Armed conflict - Autonomy - Cyber warfare - Human rights - International manuals

Related subjects » International, Foreign and Comparative Law - Political Science

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