Book Review: What is War? An Investigation in the Wake of 9/11 and International Law and the Classification of Conflicts
American Journal of International Law, Vol. 107, No. 4, pp. 952-959 (2013)
9 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2014 Last revised: 8 Mar 2014
Date Written: January 24, 2014
Reviews two recent edited volumes focused on the identification and characterization of armed conflict: What Is War? An Investigation in the Wake of 9/11, and International Law and the Classification of Conflicts. Both books seek to explore and elucidate the meaning of war, or armed conflict, with the goal of enhancing international law’s ability to apply to and regulate that enterprise. Considering the two books in tandem offers a window into the types of questions that lie at the heart of the challenges and debates within the academic and practitioner communities focused on this field of international legal analysis and practice, and the methodologies chosen to explore the topic. After a brief description of the two books and their most apparent contributions to the debate, this review highlights some themes and contrasts that arise as a result of their interaction.
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