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The Laws of War: Regulating the Use of Force

National Security Law in the News: A Guide for Journalists, Scholars, and Policymaker (ABA 2012)

Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-232

29 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2012 Last revised: 17 Jan 2013

Geoffrey S. Corn

South Texas College of Law

Laurie R. Blank

Emory University School of Law

Date Written: December 3, 2012

Abstract

This chapter provides an introduction to the two main bodies of law governing the use of force: jus ad bellum, which governs when states can use force; and jus in bello (or the law of armed conflict), which governs the conduct of hostilities and the protection of persons during armed conflict.

Keywords: law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, jus ad bellum, jus in bello, Geneva Conventions, United Nations charter, self-defense, distinction, proportionality

Suggested Citation

Corn, Geoffrey S. and Blank, Laurie R., The Laws of War: Regulating the Use of Force (December 3, 2012). National Security Law in the News: A Guide for Journalists, Scholars, and Policymaker (ABA 2012); Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-232. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2184318

Geoffrey S. Corn

South Texas College of Law ( email )

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Houston, TX 77002
United States

Laurie R. Blank (Contact Author)

Emory University School of Law ( email )

1301 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States
404-712-1711 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.emory.edu/faculty/faculty-profiles/laurie-blank.html

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