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Classification of Conflicts in International Humanitarian Law

The Legal Impact of Foreign Intervention in Civil Wars Noam Zamir, Assistant Professor, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
Noam Zamir provides a thorough examination of the theoretical basis of classification of conflicts in international humanitarian law (IHL), with special focus on the legal impact of armed foreign intervention in civil wars. Classification of Conflicts in International Humanitarian Law enriches the discourse on IHL by providing an in-depth analysis of classification of conflicts and examining recent civil wars with foreign interventions, such as the Libyan civil war (2011), Mali civil war (2012-2015) and the ongoing civil war in Yemen.
Extent: 288 pp
Hardback Price: $135.00 Web: $121.50
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78536 789 2
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  • Law - Academic
  • Human Rights
  • Public International Law
  • Humanitarian Law
Civil wars have formed the vast majority of all armed conflicts since the Second World War. These civil wars have often been accompanied by the intervention of foreign states in favour of one or more of the parties. Such interventions raise various general questions regarding conflict classification in international humanitarian law (IHL), which are important because the relevant law that applies is shaped by whether a conflict is classified as international or non-international. This book provides a thorough examination of the theoretical basis of classification of conflicts in IHL, with special focus on the legal impact of armed foreign intervention in civil wars.

Noam Zamir enriches the discourse on IHL by providing an in-depth doctrinal examination of issues concerning conflict classification and examining recent civil wars with foreign interventions, such as the Libyan civil war (2011), Mali civil war (2012-2015) and the ongoing civil war in Yemen, and identifying potential solutions to different lacunae in this field.

The issue of conflict classification has significant practical ramifications and this book will have a wide and varied readership, including legal scholars, law students and governmental and military lawyers.
‘This is a well-informed and topical addition to the literature on the classification of armed conflicts. Dr Zamir’s analysis is grounded in a lucid assessment of state practice and benefits from in-depth knowledge of international law and the law of armed conflict.’
– Guglielmo Verdirame, King's College London, UK
Contents: 1. The History of the Distinction Between International and Non-International Armed Conflicts 2. The Distinction Between International and Non-International Armed Conflicts 3. Direct Foreign Military Intervention in Civil Wars 4. Indirect Foreign Interventions in Civil Wars 5. Representation of States and Reclassification of Ongoing Armed Foreign Interventions Due to a Governmental Change 6. international Organisations and Foreign Interventions in Civil Wars 7. Case Study: The Armed Conflicts in Yemen (2015-Ongoing) Index