Searching for a 'Principle of Humanity' in International Humanitarian Law

Searching for a 'Principle of Humanity' in International Humanitarian Law

Details

Author(s)
Kjetil Mujezinovic Larsen, Camilla Guldahl Cooper, Gro Nystuen
Format
Hardback | 376 pages
Dimensions
155 x 235 x 24mm | 680g
Publication date
31 Jan 2013
Publisher
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
2 Tables, black and white
ISBN10
1107021847
ISBN13
9781107021846
Bestsellers rank
2,702,583

Description

The legal norms of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) are the product of a compromise between humanitarian considerations and the demands of military necessity. In Searching for a 'Principle of Humanity' in International Humanitarian Law, international legal scholars consider whether humanitarian considerations have an independent legal impact on IHL beyond the formation of these norms. They ask whether a 'principle of humanity' can be said to have legal force in its own right. Moreover, the book investigates whether regional or national differences are emerging regarding the import and emphasis placed on humanitarian considerations. For instance, do states which are not directly affected by armed conflict attach a greater weight to humanitarian considerations when interpreting and applying IHL than those states which are more directly involved in armed conflicts? Specifically, this book examines whether a particular 'Nordic perspective' can be identified, owing to those states' involvement in armed conflicts outside their own territories in the post-Second World War era.


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