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New Battlefields/Old Laws: Critical Debates on Asymmetric Warfare

William Banks


This book argues that changing patterns of global armed conflicts are forcing a reexamination of the traditional laws of war. The Hague Rules, the customary laws of war, and the post-1949 law of armed conflict no longer account for nonstate groups waging prolonged campaigns of terrorism—or even more conventional insurgent attacks. Recognizing that many of today's conflicts are low-intensity, asymmetrical warfare fought between disparate military forces, this book analyzes nonstate armed groups and irregular forces (such as terrorist and insurgent groups, paramilitaries, child soldiers, civilia ... More

Keywords: armed conflicts, terrorism, law of war, asymmetrical warfare, military forces, irregular forces, nonstate armed groups, international humanitarian law, civilians, combatants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780231152358
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231152358.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Banks, editor
Syracuse University

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Critical Debate I Threshold Issues in Defining Twenty-first-Century Armed Conflicts

Critical Debate II Status and Liabilities of Nonstate Actors Engaged in Hostilities

Three “Jousting at Windmills”

David M. Crane and Daniel Reisner

Five Nonstate Actors in Armed Conflicts

Daphné Richemond-Barak

Critical Debate III Changing Twenty-first-Century Battlefields and Armed Forces

Critical Debate IV Military Necessity and Humanitarian Priorities in International Humanitarian Law:

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