Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=332620
 
 

Citations (2)



 
 

Footnotes (36)



 


 



A Theory of the Laws of War


Eric A. Posner


University of Chicago - Law School

September 2002

U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 160

Abstract:     
The laws of war govern the weapons and tactics that belligerents may use against each other. This paper uses a model of conflict to explain and evaluate the laws of war. In the model a nation's propensity to engage in conflict is a positive function of the effectiveness of military technology, and a negative function of the destructiveness of technology. Accordingly, in theory nations would want to agree to laws of war that permit destructive weapons and tactics but limit their effectiveness. However, nations with different endowments and resources will enjoy differential advantages, and this makes agreement on specific laws of war very difficult. The paper discusses empirical implications of the argument, and discusses whether the Hague Conventions are consistent with the model.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 32

JEL Classification: K0, K3

working papers series


Download This Paper

Date posted: September 25, 2002  

Suggested Citation

Posner, Eric A., A Theory of the Laws of War (September 2002). U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 160. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=332620 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.332620

Contact Information

Eric A. Posner (Contact Author)
University of Chicago - Law School ( email )
1111 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
773-702-0425 (Phone)
773-702-0730 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/posner-e/
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 3,379
Downloads: 573
Download Rank: 25,094
Citations:  2
Footnotes:  36
People who downloaded this paper also downloaded:
1. The Decline of the International Court of Justice
By Eric Posner

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo6 in 0.313 seconds