Giovanni Mantilla

Giovanni Mantilla is University Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge, and of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. His research investigates the politics of international lawmaking through multinational archival research, with emphasis on the international law of armed conflict and human rights law. It has appeared in leading academic journals, including International Organization, European Journal of International Law, International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Law, and Journal of the History of International Law. Mantilla’s recently published book “Lawmaking under Pressure: International Humanitarian law and Internal Armed Conflict” traces the origins and development of the international humanitarian treaty rules that now exist to regulate internal armed conflict and explores the global politics and diplomatic dynamics that led to the creation of such rules in 1949 and in the 1970s. The book was recently awarded the prestigious annual 2021 Francis Lieber prize from the American Society of International Law as the best book in the field of the law of armed conflict.

‘Lawmaking under Pressure’ Book Symposium – An Initial Response to Commentators

I am humbled by the generous comments of nine excellent readers of my book, Lawmaking under Pressure. Having worked on it for many years, to see this wide range of scholars and practitioners use superlative words to refer to it, is just thrilling. I can only hope that the book will eventually be seen as …

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Book symposium ‘Lawmaking under Pressure’: Introduction

Lawmaking under Pressure: International Humanitarian Law and Internal Armed Conflict is the culmination of several years of research and reflection on international humanitarian law (IHL). Years ago as a young undergraduate in Colombia, a country ridden by a decades-long conflict featuring routine events of atrocity, I often wondered how restraint might be induced among those …

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