The Handbook of International Humanitarian Law – Third Edition

About the author(s):

Katharine Fortin is an Associate Professor at Utrecht University where she teaches IHL and IHRL. Before joining Utrecht University, she worked at the ICTY, ICC and Norton Rose Fulbright. She is the author of The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) which won the 2018 Lieber Prize. She has written widely about the framework of law that applies to armed groups in non-international armed conflicts and is one of the editors of the Armed Groups and International Law blog.

Handbook of International Humanitarian Law - Third EditionOn 5th November 2013, the third edition of Dieter Fleck’s Handbook of International Humanitarian Law was published by Oxford University Press.

Fully updated, the third edition of The Handbook of International Humanitarian Law sets out an international ‘manual’ of humanitarian law accompanied by case analysis and extensive explanatory commentary by a team of distinguished and internationally renowned experts.

The new edition takes account of recent developments in the law, including the 2010 amendments to the ICC Statute, the progressive evolution of customary law, and new jurisprudence from national and international courts and tribunals. It sheds light on controversial topics like direct participation in hostilities; air and missile warfare; belligerent occupation; operational detention; and the protection of the environment in armed conflict. The book also addresses the growing need to consider the interface between international humanitarian law and human rights, as well as other branches of international law, both during armed conflicts and in post-conflict situations.

The commentary both deepens reflection on such innovations, and critically reconsiders views expressed in earlier editions to provide a contemporary analysis of this changing field. Renowned international lawyers offer a broad spectrum of legal opinions, restating the law in this area, which is applicable worldwide. Particular attention is paid to problems of application of the law in recent military campaigns, which are assessed and interpreted in a practice-oriented manner. Based on best-practice rules of global importance, this book gives invaluable guidance to practitioners and scholars of this important body of law.

The table of contents is as follows:-

Introduction, Dieter Fleck

1. Historical Development and Legal Basis, Mary Ellen O’Connell

2. Scope of Application of International Humanitarian Law, Jann K. Kleffner

3. Combatants and Non-Combatants, Knut Ipsen

4. Means and Methods of Combat, Stefan Oeter

5. Protection of the Civilian Population, Knut Dormann and Hans-Peter Gasser

6. Protection of the Wounded, Sick, and Shipwrecked, Jann K. Kleffner and Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg

7. Protection of Prisoners in Armed Conflict, Horst Fischer

8. Protection of Religious Personnel, Nilendra Kumar

9. Protection of Cultural Property, Roger O’Keefe

10. The Law of Armed Conflict at Sea, Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg

11. The Law of Neutrality, Michael Bothe

12. The Law of Non-International Armed Conflict, Dieter Fleck

13. The Law of International Peace Operations, Ben F. Klappe

14. Implementation and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law, Silja Voneky

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