From 'Savages' to 'Unlawful Combatants': A Postcolonial Look at International Humanitarian Law's 'Other'

INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ITS 'OTHERS', Anne Orford, ed., Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2006

37 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2006 Last revised: 14 Sep 2008

Frederic Megret

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 8, 2005

Abstract

Through an exploration of the colonial genesis of the laws of war, specifically their exclusion of non-European people, this paper seeks to understand how contemporary exclusions are part of a continuity within international humanitarian law, rather than a break with it.

Keywords: international humanitarian law, war, laws of war, guantanamo, post-colonial

Suggested Citation

Megret, Frederic, From 'Savages' to 'Unlawful Combatants': A Postcolonial Look at International Humanitarian Law's 'Other' (January 8, 2005). INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ITS 'OTHERS', Anne Orford, ed., Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=918541 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.918541

Frédéric Mégret (Contact Author)

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

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