The Handbook of International Humanitarian Law (4th edition)

ISBN : 9780198847960

Dieter Fleck
816 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Feb 2021
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The Handbook of International Humanitarian Law sets out a black letter text of international humanitarian law accompanied by case analysis and extensive explanatory commentary by a team of distinguished and internationally renowned experts. This is the fourth edition of this influential and comprehensive handbook. It has been extensively updated and revised, taking into account recent legal developments, such as the 2017 Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty, as well as the ongoing debate on many old and new issues. Areas covered by the book include the notion of direct participation in hostilities; air and missile warfare; military operations in outer space; military cyber operations; belligerent occupation; operational detention; and the protection of the environment in relation to armed conflict. The continuing need to consider borderline issues of the law of armed conflict as well as the interplay of international humanitarian law, human rights law, and other branches of international law is highlighted. This Handbook provides an in-depth understanding of the development and current problems of the law of armed conflicts. It considers legal and policy issues both from the views of academics and military and diplomatic practitioners. Finally - and most importantly - it offers a complete account of activities that should be taken to improve the implementation and enforcement of international humanitarian law.


1 Dieter Fleck: Introduction
2 Mary Ellen O'Connell: Historical Developments and Legal Basis
3 Jann K. Kleffner: Scope of Application of International Humanitarian Law
4 Nobuo Hayashi: General Principles of International Humanitarian Law
5 Knut Ipsen: Combatants and Non-Combatants
6 Marco Longobardo and Dieter Fleck: Means of Combat
7 Stefan Oeter: Methods of Combat
8 Knut Dormann: Protection of Civilians
9 Knut Dormann and Sylvain Vite: Occupation
10 Michael Bothe: Protection of the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflicts
11 Knut Dormann and Tristan Ferraro: Humanitarian Assistance
12 Jann K. Kleffner with Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg: Protection of the Wounded, Sick, and Shipwrecked
13 Sandra Krahenmann: Protection of Prisoners in Armed Conflict
14 Jann K. Kleffner: Human Rights in Armed Conflct
15 Nilendra Kumar: Protection of Religious Personnel
16 Roger O'Keefe: Protection of Cultural Property
17 Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg: The Law of Armed Conflict at Sea
18 Michael Bothe: The Law of Neutrality
19 Dieter Fleck: The Law of Non-International Armed Conflict
20 Ben F. Klappe: The Law of International Peace Operations
21 Silja Voneky: Implementation and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law
Annex: Distinctive Emblems

About the author: 

Dr Dieter Fleck is Honorary President of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War, Member of the Advisory Board of the Amsterdam Center of International Law, and former Director, International Agreements & Policy, of the German Federal Ministry of Defence.

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