International humanitarian law is the law that governs the conduct of participants during armed conflict. This branch of law aims to regulate the means and methods of warfare as well as to provide protections to those who do not, or who no longer, take part in the hostilities. It is one of the oldest branches of international law and one of enduring relevance today.
The Oxford Guide to International Humanitarian Law provides a practical yet sophisticated overview of this important area of law. Written by a stellar line up of contributors, drawn from those who not only have extensive practical experience but who are also regarded as leading scholars of the subject, the text offers a comprehensive and authoritative exposition of the field. The Guide provides professionals and advanced students with information and analysis of sufficient
depth to enable them to perform their tasks with understanding and confidence. Each chapter illuminates how the law applies in practice, but does not shy away from the important conceptual issues that underpin how the law has developed. It will serve as a first port of call and a regular reference work for those
interested in international humanitarian law.
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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.
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