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The Changing Face of Conflict and the Efficacy of International Humanitarian Law

© 2001 OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS BOOK REVIEWS Helen Durham and Timothy L.H. McCormack (eds.), The Changing Face of Conflict and the Efficacy of International Humanitarian Law. The Hague: Kluwer, 1999, 225pp. + xxvi. ISBN 90-411-1180-8. The International Humanitarian Law Series is a series of monographs and edited volumes which aims to promote scholarly analysis and discussion of both the theory and practice of the international legal regulation of armed conflict. Although the title of the volume under review acknowledges the changing nature of armed conflict, the focus of the various contributions here is the practical efficiency of international humanitarian law. In 1977 two new protocols additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 were adopted and the chapters in this volume comprise a substantially revised set of selected papers from a conference to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Additional Protocols held at the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1997. The last decades of the twentieth century witnessed increased levels of access to a variety of particularly lethal weaponry, the lack of a clear distinction between combatants and civilians and the emergence of increased conflict in what are sometimes called ‘disintegrating’ or ‘collapsed’ states. The work under review poses, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Conflict and Security Law Oxford University Press

The Changing Face of Conflict and the Efficacy of International Humanitarian Law

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© 2001 OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS BOOK REVIEWS Helen Durham and Timothy L.H. McCormack (eds.), The Changing Face of Conflict and the Efficacy of International Humanitarian Law. The Hague: Kluwer, 1999, 225pp. + xxvi. ISBN 90-411-1180-8. The International Humanitarian Law Series is a series of monographs and edited volumes which aims to promote scholarly analysis and discussion of both the theory and practice of the international legal regulation of armed conflict. Although the title of the volume under review acknowledges the changing nature of armed conflict, the focus of the various contributions here is the practical efficiency of international humanitarian law. In 1977 two new protocols additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 were adopted and the chapters in this volume comprise a substantially revised set of selected papers from a conference to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Additional Protocols held at the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1997. The last decades of the twentieth century witnessed increased levels of access to a variety of particularly lethal weaponry, the lack of a clear distinction between combatants and civilians and the emergence of increased conflict in what are sometimes called ‘disintegrating’ or ‘collapsed’ states. The work under review poses,
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