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ICRC’s “How Does Law Protect in War?” available online

October 28, 2014

The ICRC reports that its core publication on teaching international humanitarian law (IHL), How Does Law Protect in War? Cases, Documents and Teaching Materials on Contemporary Practice in International Humanitarian Law (by Marco Sassòli, Antoine A. Bouvier and Anne Quintin) is now available (for free) online, providing academics, researchers and students with a wealth of updated resources, cases and references, in a user-friendly format.

Users will find three main sections through which they can easily navigate. “The Law” presents IHL carefully and systematically, outlining each topic and referring readers to the pertinent parts of “Cases and Documents,” to articles from the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, and to the rules set out in the ICRC Study on Customary IHL. Selected bibliographies facilitate further study and a deeper understanding of each topic. Many of the articles mentioned are available through the ICRC’s library.

“Pedagogical resources” offers recommendations on how to teach IHL, and a series of useful course outlines for university professors in the fields of law, journalism and political science.

The book itself was in fact already available online (through the ICRC and the American Department of Defence), but the novelty of the online platform resides in its easy navigation, through hyperlinks, from legal theory to humanitarian practice. New case studies on emerging humanitarian and legal issues will be regularly added, supplying professors with up-to-date teaching materials. A search engine and an extensive index will also permit users to perform quick searches using key words.

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