South Ossetia (2008)

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Leach, P. 2012. South Ossetia (2008). in: Wilmshurst, E. (ed.) International law and the classification of conflicts Oxford, UK Oxford University Press (OUP). pp. 317-355
Chapter titleSouth Ossetia (2008)
AuthorsLeach, P.
Abstract

[Summary of book containing this chapter:] This book comprises contributions by leading experts in the field of international humanitarian law on the subject of the categorisation or classification of armed conflict. It is divided into two sections: the first aims to provide the reader with a sound understanding of the legal questions surrounding the classification of hostilities and its consequences; the second includes ten case studies that examine practice in respect of classification. Understanding how classification operates in theory and practice is a precursor to identifying the relevant rules that govern parties to hostilities. With changing forms of armed conflict which may involve multi-national operations, transnational armed groups and organized criminal gangs, the need for clarity of the law is all-important. The case studies selected for analysis are Northern Ireland, DRC, Colombia, Afghanistan (from 2001), Gaza, South Ossetia, Iraq (from 2003), Lebanon (2006), the so-called war against Al-Qaeda, and future trends. The studies explore the legal consequences of classification particularly in respect of the use of force, detention in armed conflict, and the relationship between human rights law and international humanitarian law. The practice identified in the case studies allows the final chapter to draw conclusions as to the state of the law on classification.

Research GroupLaw and Politics
LanguageEnglish
Page range317-355
Book titleInternational law and the classification of conflicts
EditorsWilmshurst, E.
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
Place of publicationOxford, UK
ISBN
Hardcover9780199657759
Publication dates
Print02 Aug 2012
Publication process dates
Deposited15 Jul 2013
Output statusPublished
Web address (URL)http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199657759.do
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