This fully updated second edition the work previously known as The Handbook of Humanitarian Law in Armed Conflicts sets out an international 'manual' of humanitarian law in armed conflicts accompanied by case analysis and extensive explanatory commentary by a team of distinguished and internationally renowned experts. Topics examined include the historical development, legal basis, and scope of application of international humanitarian law; methods and means of combat; protection of the civilian population, and of the wounded, sick or shipwrecked, and of prisoners of war; the protection of cultural property; the law of neutrality; and the enforcement of international humanitarian law. This edition also incorporates new chapters covering the law of non-international armed conflicts and international peace operations. Highly topical issues including the role of the UN security council, the relevance of International Humanitarian Law in peacetime and post-conflict military operations, and enforcement through trials for war crimes in national and international courts are also discussed.
Table of Contents
Preface; List of Contributors; Table of Abbreviations; List of International Instruments; Table of Judgments, Decisions and Reports; Introduction; 1. Historical Development and Legal Basis; 2. Scope of Application of Humanitarian Law; 3. Combatants and Non-Combatants; 4. Methods and Means of Combat; 5. Protection of the Civilian Population; 6. Protection of the Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked; 7. Protection of Prisoners of War; 8. Religious Personnel; 9. Protection of Cultural Property; 10. The Law of Armed Conflict at Sea; 11. The Law of Neutrality; 12. The Law of Non-international Armed Conflicts; 13. International Peace Operations; 14. Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law; Annex: Distinctive Emblems; Index
Dr. Dieter Fleck is former Director for International Agreements & Policy of the German Federal Ministry of Defence and Honorary President of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War.