International Humanitarian Law

Rules, Controversies, and Solutions to Problems Arising in Warfare

Principles of international law series

Marco Sassòli, Director, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and Professor, University of Geneva, Switzerland

International humanitarian law (IHL) protects persons and property affected by armed conflicts. Focusing on the controversies that impact IHL in practice, this much-anticipated book from leading expert Marco Sassòli discusses when IHL applies, its substantive rules, how to ensure its respect and whether the traditional distinction between international and non-international armed conflicts remains relevant.

‘...students, academics and practitioners need a text that is clear, even succinct, but also critical and with an eye on the many challenges facing IHL in the twenty-first century. Sassòli’s International Humanitarian Law is exactly that type of book. It really takes a master in his or her field to be able to produce a text that satisfies the duality of simplicity and complexity; and with this book Sassòli has done just that.’
– Gerhard Kemp, The South African Law Journal

‘International Humanitarian Law is an exceptional contribution to the growing crop of IHL texts, offered by a scholar and practitioner of unquestioned expertise. This book’s innovative structure makes it viable as a text for an IHL course, and equally valuable as a principal source for scholars in other fields of law and policy, and for practitioners. Whether one is interested in learning IHL from its roots up or focusing on specific topical issues and debates, this text is a comprehensive yet reader-friendly resource. This is indeed a book that should be on the shelf of every IHL scholar and practitioner.’
– Geoffrey S Corn, International Review of the Red Cross

‘Professor Sassòli has combined his first hand experience of the challenges facing the application of international humanitarian law with his scholarly understanding of international law. He sets out the details necessary for a complete understanding of humanitarian law but also highlights the contemporary controversies. One of the many qualities of this book is that the author always offers us his considered view on what are the best solutions to the dilemmas he highlights. This book is destined to become an authoritative point of reference for generations to come.’
– Andrew Clapham, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland

‘This book should be read by anyone teaching international humanitarian law. Its use in class will enliven discussion and will assist students to develop a better understanding of how to think about, and use, IHL. Much of Professor Sassòli’s analysis of the controversies that exist in warfare will assist researchers to think more deeply about the interpretation and application of IHL.’
– Bruce Oswald, Melbourne Law School and Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law, Australia

‘There is literally no-one more qualified to write a textbook on international humanitarian law than Marco Sassòli. This book will inevitably become a leading resource in the field. It does not aim to comprehensively cover all of IHL, but focuses on issues and controversies of greatest contemporary relevance, with a remarkable degree of rigour, precision, and clarity.’
– Marko Milanovic, University of Nottingham, UK

‘Marco Sassoli has done it again. International Humanitarian Law is the long-needed companion text to his monumental effort, How Does the Law Protect in War? (with Bouvier and Quintin). A succinct and accessible treatment of the key principles and rules of IHL, it moves beyond doctrine to perceptively examine the dynamic of implementing IHL in law and practice. Sassòli also takes on the key issues around which contemporary IHL debates are circling. . . and does so with the clarity and precision that has long-marked his work. No IHL student, scholar or practitioner should be without it.’
– Michael Schmitt, University of Exeter, UK




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