Book symposium

‘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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Lawmaking Under Pressure Symposium: International Humanitarian Law Governing Non-International Armed Conflicts–Treaty Law and Customary International Law

Up on Opinio Juris, you can find latest post by Iris Mueller, ‘Lawmaking Under Pressure Symposium: International Humanitarian Law Governing Non-International Armed Conflicts–Treaty Law and Customary International Law‘ in our co-hosted book symposium on Dr Giovanni Mantilla’s book ‘Lawmaking under Pressure’. Check it out here.

“Lawmaking Under Pressure” Book Symposium – Squaring the Circle

The adoption of Common Article 3 (CA3) is one of the most mysterious stories in the making of the 1949 Geneva Conventions. The final vote on the article took place in complete secrecy. Even while scholarship analyzing the Conventions’ past is expanding every year, scholars are still in the dark about Common Article 3’s genesis. …

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“Lawmaking Under Pressure” Book Symposium – The Art of Compromise

After several years participating in multilateral negotiations, including on matters of international humanitarian law, within the frameworks of both the United Nations and the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, I was curious to read how the practice would be theorised in Giovanni Mantilla’s impressively researched and elegantly written book, which …

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“Lawmaking Under Pressure” Book Symposium – Common Article 3: the production of legal meaning, and lawmaking in contemporary IHL

Chapter 3 of Giovanni Mantilla’s insightful and eloquent book, Lawmaking Under Pressure, traces the drafting history of Common Article 3 to the 1949 Geneva Conventions (‘CA3’). For Mantilla, the question at the heart of the chapter, and the book more broadly, is ‘why and how states, commonly concerned with their sovereignty—particularly regarding internal security affairs—have …

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“Lawmaking Under Pressure” Book Symposium – Looking at the Other Side: The Contingent Origin of State Attitudes Towards Insurrection

Lawmaking Under Pressure is an incredibly detailed and insightful account of the history of non-international armed conflict. Giovanni Mantilla has certainly produced a book that will be mandatory reading for anyone looking into the history of not just Common Article 3, but the Geneva Conventions and their Protocols in general. The book seeks to explain …

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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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