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The Oxford Guide to International Humanitarian Law

Edited by Ben Saul and Dapo Akande

07 May 2020

ISBN: 9780198855316

480 pages

In Stock

Price: £46.49

This Guide provides a broad, authoritative, overview of the field of international humanitarian law. Highlighting both practice and doctrine it is written by a team of expert academics and practitioners.



This Guide provides a broad, authoritative, overview of the field of international humanitarian law. Highlighting both practice and doctrine it is written by a team of expert academics and practitioners.

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of international humanitarian law
  • An accessible guide to the field, illustrating how the law applies in practice
  • Explores the important conceptual issues at play in how international humanitarian law has developed
  • Written by a group of world-leading scholars with significant practical experience in the field

About the Author(s)

Edited by Ben Saul, Challis Chair of International Law at Sydney Law School, Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, and Chair of Australian Studies, Harvard University, and Dapo Akande, Professor of Public International Law, Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law & Armed Conflict, and Fellow of Exeter College, University of Oxford

Ben Saul is Challis Chair of International Law at the University of Sydney, Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University, an Associate Fellow of Chatham House, and a barrister. He has published 20 books and 100 refereed articles. He has advised numerous United Nations bodies, governments, and NGOs, served on various professional bodies, and taught law or undertaken field missions in over 35 countries. Visiting positions have included at The Hague Academy of International Law, Max Planck Institute for International Law, and Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights. Ben Saul practices in international tribunals. He has a doctorate from Oxford and honours degrees in Arts and Law from Sydney.

Dapo Akande is a Professor of Public International Law and Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict at the University of Oxford. He is also a Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. A widely-recognized expert in international law, he has published on a variety of topics within this field. He has held visiting professorships, including at Yale Law School and has been the Sir Ninian Stephen Visiting Scholar at the University of Melbourne Law School. He has acted as adviser on international law issues to United Nations bodies, the African Union Commission, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Association of South East Asian Nations, as well as to States and non-governmental organizations. He has acted as advocate, counsel or adviser in cases before international and national tribunals, and served as legal adviser to the UK Parliament's All Party Parliamentary Group on Drone's Inquiry.

Table of Contents

    1:History and Sources, Jean-Marie Henckaerts
    2:Classification of Armed Conflicts, Dapo Akande
    3:Temporal and Geographic Reach of International Humanitarian Law, Emily Crawford
    4:Domains of Warfare, Sarah McCosker
    5:Persons Covered by International Humanitarian Law, Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne
    6:Fundamental Guarantees, Rob McLaughlin
    7:Basic Principles in the Conduct of Hostilities, Michael Schmitt
    8:Specifically Protected Persons and Objects, Robin Geiss and Christophe Paulussen
    9:Protection of the Natural Environment, Cymie Payne
    10:Methods of Warfare, Nils Melzer and Gloria Gaggioli
    11:Weapons, Stuart Casey-Maslen
    12:Detention, Jelena Pejic
    13:Occupation, Sylvain Vite
    14:Humanitarian Relief Operations, Eve Massingham and Kelisiana Thynne
    15:War Crimes, Robert Cryer
    16:Implementation, David Turns
    17: International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law, Marco Sassoli
    18:International Humanitarian Law and Terrorism, Ben Saul


"If you are on the hunt for some solid knowledge on IHL, whether as a primer or a refresher, or a go to point of departure, then hunt no further than The Oxford Guide To International Humanitarian Law, edited by two stellar experts in this field, Ben Saul and Dapo Akande. You can skip the expensive in-class or on-line IHL course and be as wise (and wealthier to boot)." - Michael G. Karnavas, International Criminal Defence Lawyer, International Criminal Law Blog (michaelgkarnavas.net)

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