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Modern Warfare

Armed Groups, Private Militaries, Humanitarian Organizations, and the Law

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Modern Warfare

Armed Groups, Private Militaries, Humanitarian Organizations, and the Law

The face of modern warfare is changing as more and more humanitarian organizations, private military companies, and non-state armed groups enter complex security environments such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Haiti. Although this shift has been overshadowed by legal issues connected to the War on Terror and intervention in countries such as Rwanda and Sudan, it has caused some to question the relevance of the laws of war. Modern Warfare explores the law’s failure – and potential – to ensure compliance in the context of a changing military landscape; by doing so, it opens a path to preventing further unnecessary suffering and violence.


420 pages


Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction / Benjamin Perrin

Part 1: Non-State Armed Groups – The Compliance Challenge

1 Asymmetrical Reciprocity and Compliance with the Laws of War / René Provost

2 The Pragmatic Value of Reciprocity: Promoting Respect for International Humanitarian Law among Non-State Armed Groups / Sophie Rondeau

3 Armed Non-State Actors and Humanitarian Norms: Lessons from the Geneva Call Experience / Elisabeth Decrey Warner, Jonathan Somer, and Pascal Bongard

4 The Ownership of International Humanitarian Law: Non-State Armed Groups and the Formation and Enforcement of IHL Rules / Sandesh Sivakumaran

5 Armed Groups and the Arms Trade Treaty: Challenges and Opportunities / Pablo Policzer and Valerie Yankey-Wayne

Part 2: Private Military and Security Companies and Humanitarian Organizations

6 Private Security Companies and Humanitarian Organizations: Implications for International Humanitarian Law / Benjamin Perrin

7 The Case for Humanitarian Organizations to Use Private Security Contactors / Andrew Bearpark

8 The Use of Armed Security Escorts: A Challenge to Independent and Neutral Humanitarian Action / Jamie Williamson

9 Obligations of Private Military and Security Companies under International Humanitarian Law / Fred Schreier

Part 3: The “Humanitarian Space” Debate

10 “Humanitarian Space” in Search of a New Home: (Limited) Guidance from International Law / Sylvain Beauchamp

11 Humanitarian Space and Stability Operations / Michael Khambatta

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