The Legal Pluriverse Surrounding Multinational Military Operations
The ‘Legal Pluriverse’ Surrounding Multinational Military Operations conceptualizes and examines the “Pluriverse”: the multiplicity of rules that apply to and regulate contemporary multinational missions, and the array of actors involved. These operations are further complicated by changes to the classification of the conflict, and the asymmetry of obligations on participants.
Structured into five parts, this work seeks, through the diversity of its authorship, to set out the web of legal regimes applicable to military operations including forces from more than one state. It maps out the ways in which different regimes interact, beginning with the laws of armed conflict and their relation to international humanitarian and human rights norms, and extending through to areas like law of the sea and environmental law.
A variety of contributors systematically compile and take stock of the various legal regimes that make up the pluriverse, assessing how these rules interact, exposing norm conflicts, areas of legal uncertainty, or protective loopholes. In this way, they identify and evaluate approaches to better streamline the different applicable legal frameworks with a view to enhancing cooperation and thereby ensuring the long-term success of multinational military operations.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 13 January 2020
Humanizing the Laws of War: The Red Cross and the Development of International Humanitarian Law
Over the past 150 years, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been one of the main drivers of progressive development in international humanitarian law, whilst assuming various roles in the humanization of the laws of war. With select contributions from international experts, this book critically assesses the ICRC’s unique influence in international norm creation. It provides a detailed analysis of the workings of the International Red Cross, Red Crescent Movement and ICRC by addressing the milestone achievements as well as the failures, shortcomings and controversies over time. Crucially, the contributions highlight the lessons to be learnt for future challenges in the development of international humanitarian law. This book will be of particular interest to scholars and students of international law, but also to practitioners working in the field of international humanitarian law at both governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Editors: Robin Geiß, Andreas Zimmermann, Stefanie Haumer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2017
ILA Study Group Final Report: The Conduct of Hostilities Under International Humanitarian Law - Challenges Of 21st Century Warfare
The final report of the ILA Study Group on the Conduct of Hostilities Under International Humanitarian Law – Challenges Of 21st Century Warfare, where Professor Robin Geiß served as Rapporteur from 2011-2017, addresses the extent to which the rules governing the conduct of hostilities need to be clarified, both in terms of their scope of application and their substantive aspects, given the changing dynamics of contemporary armed conflicts. The Report focuses particularly on the relationship of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law in the conduct of military operations, technological challenges posed by new weapons systems and the function of the basic principles of IHL in the conduct of hostilities.
The full text of the report is available here.
International Humanitarian Law: A Comprehensive Introduction
Authored by our staff member Professor Nils Melzer, “International Humanitarian Law: A Comprehensive Introduction” is an introductory handbook that aims to promote and strengthen knowledge of international humanitarian law (IHL) among academics, weapon-bearers, humanitarian workers and media professionals. It presents contemporary issues related to IHL in an accessible and practical style, and in line with the ICRC’s reading of the law. That, plus its distinctive format – combining “In a nutshell”, “To go further” and thematic textboxes – make it the ideal everyday companion for anyone approaching IHL for the first time and curious about conflict-related matters, as well as for military and humanitarian personnel seeking useful guidance on a vast array of topics.
Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross
Publication date: 2016