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Wars of Law: Unintended Consequences in the Regulation of Armed Conflict

Tanisha M. Fazal


This book assesses the unintended consequences of the proliferation of the laws of war. In 1856 there was one codified law of war. In 2018, there are over 70 such laws, and they place increasing constraints on belligerents. This increase has generated significant consequences for the commencement, conduct, and conclusion of both interstate and civil wars. States fighting interstate wars today prefer not to step over any bright lines where the laws of war would apply unequivocally. Thus, these states have stopped declaring war and concluding peace treaties. Rebel groups – particularly, secessio ... More

Keywords: laws of war, international humanitarian law, declarations of war, peace treaties, declarations of independence, civilian targeting, secessionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501719813
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501719813.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tanisha M. Fazal, author
University of Minnesota