Synopses & Reviews
As implied in the title, this volume is an advanced study, not abasic one. Author Kolb warns in the Preface that it is concise and selective. He begins with a brief history of modern internationalhumanitarian law (IHL) and its general nature as defining prohibitions, rather than rights. Chapter 2 describes types of armedconflict, the classical laws of war, and regulation of armed conflict. Chapter 3 discusses treaties and customary internationallaw. Chapter 4 is on the main principles of international humanitarian law. By chapter 5, the author is dealing with theproblem of shifting from old laws of war to contemporary IHL, in which protection of individuals has become the core issue. At thesame time, the propensity of local government to deny that an armed conflict exists has become much higher. He proposes a "way out of thequagmire by way of special agreements. Chapter 6 examines the sometimes difficult divide between combatants and civilians, seen inthe War on Terror and uses of drones. In Chapter 7, Kolb goes over IHL pplied to targeting civilians. Chapter 8 goes more fully into thedifficulty of implementing IHL Chapter 9 concludes with a list of foreseeable future challenges.Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
This innovative book provides a thought-provoking introduction to international humanitarian law (IHL). Robert Kolb explores the field through questions - which are at times challenging and controversial - in order to get to the very essence of the subject and give a fresh perspective. The result is an exposition both of the law as it stands, through its written and unwritten rules, and also of the uncertainties, gaps, controversies and practical problems which have arisen. IHL is revealed as a living tool, an ever-adapting means to an ever-remaining need of protection during times of armed conflict.