Essays on War in International Law

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The essays contained in this volume deal both with the law concerning resort to force (jus ad bellum) and the law which regulates the conduct of hostilities once the decision to resort to force has been taken (jus in bello).

The collection looks at Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and the shift towards the interpretation of decisions of the Security Council rather than the reliance on the law of self-defence in assessing the legality or illegality of a state’s resort to force. Also addressed are questions of whether international law permits the pre-emptive use of force and humanitarian intervention.

The collection also contributes to the debates surrounding the law on the conduct of hostilities (the laws of war, properly so called), including intense debate over whether nuclear weapons could ever lawfully be employed, whether there is a role for belligerent reprisals in modern international law, the system for the prosecution of war crimes and the duties of the belligerent occupant.

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Christopher Greenwood, CMG, QC has been Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics since 1996. Between 2004 and 2006 he was Head of the Law Department. He is Joint Editor of the International Law Reports and the author of some 70 other articles.

Christopher Greenwood is a member of the English Bar, he practises as counsel before the English courts and a variety of international tribunals in matters concerning international law. He was appointed Queens Counsel in 1999 and a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for services to international law in 2002.

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