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Combatting the IS’s law violations: Should we reprise reprisals?

September 30, 2015

Excerpt from an OUPblog article, published on 28th September, by Eric Talbot Jensen, Associate Professor at Brigham Young Law School. He is a contributor to The War on Terror and the Laws of War: A Military Perspective, which is available on Oxford Scholarship Online.

The War on Terror and the Laws of War: A Military Perspective

"Since its inception, the Islamic State (IS) has engaged in continuous behavior that violates the law of armed conflict (LOAC). These acts include the torture and killing of civilians; inhumane treatment of detainees generally, and in particular, women; forced compliance with religious and cultural practices; and, most recently, the systematic destruction and/or illegal sale of important cultural property. New reports appear to indicate that in addition to these violations, members of the IS have used chemical weapons against opposing forces.

In response to these open and notorious violations of international law, the international community’s response has been, at best, ineffective. Not only has the current coalition of nations fighting the IS been unable to make major military gains, but the almost universal condemnation of the IS LOAC violations has done nothing to prevent the on-going wanton destruction in Palmyra. Calls for action by world leaders are increasing in the face of these atrocities."

Discover more: Read more about reprisals by the international community, and whether they're effective against the Islamic State, in 'Combatting the IS's law violations'. Eric's chapter, 'Targetting of Persons and Property', is now freely available until the end of November. Get access to the full text of this book, as well as almost 1,700 Oxford Philosophy titles, by recommending OSO to your librarian today.