Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745329130 Published April 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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The Geneva Conventions Under Assault

Edited by Sarah Perrigo and Jim Whitman

The Geneva Conventions Under Assault

Edited by Sarah Perrigo and Jim Whitman

Distributed for Pluto Press

272 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745329130 Published April 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745329147 Published April 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Outrages committed during violent conflict and as part of the 'war on terror' are not only an affront to human dignity -- they also violate the Geneva Conventions.

This book examines recent high-profile cases of repeated and open abuse of the Conventions. The contributors explore why these and related violations of international humanitarian law cannot be viewed as anomalies, but must be regarded as part of a pattern which is set to undermine the Geneva Conventions as a whole.

The contributors argue that an international system in which there is diminishing legal restraint on the use of force means that the world will become less secure and more volatile, even for those in the most powerful countries. Individuals everywhere face the prospect of a horrifying vulnerability.

This is the first scholarly yet accessible work to consider the meanings of outrages such as the normalisation of torture, as well as the worrying new normative, technical and tactical developments that challenge the purpose and standing of the Geneva Conventions.

Contents

Preface
Abbreviations and Acronyms
1. The Geneva Conventions and the Normative Tenor
of International Relations
Sonia Cardenas
2. The History and Status of the Geneva Conventions
Wade Mansell and Karen Openshaw
3. The Principle of Proportionality in the Law of Armed
Conflict
Françoise Hampson
4. Civilian Protection – What’s Left of the Norm?
Stuart Gordon
5. The Protection of Detainees in International
Humanitarian Law
Keiichiro Okimoto
6. Non-Lethal Weapons: A Rose by any Other Name
Nick Lewer
7. From ‘Total War’ to ‘Total Operations’ –
Contemporary Doctrine and Adherence to IHL
Björn Müller-Wille
8. The Paradox of Value Discourses
Helen Dexter
9. Freeing Force from Legal Constraint
Jim Whitman
10. Undermining International Humanitarian Law and
the Politics of Liberal Democracies
Sarah Perrigo
About the Contributors
Index

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