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Fighting at the Legal BoundariesControlling the Use of Force in Contemporary Conflict$
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Kenneth Watkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190457976

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190457976.001.0001

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An Outline of the Challenges

An Outline of the Challenges

(p.3) 1 An Outline of the Challenges
Fighting at the Legal Boundaries

Kenneth Watkin

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the security, legal and operational challenges presented by contemporary conflict. It also provides a chapter outline of the issues addressed in this book related to the unique nature of non-State actor threats, the role of the State in addressing those threats, and the challenges presented to security forces having to fight at the boundaries of the various bodies of law applicable to such conflict.

Keywords:   international law, State self-defense, armed conflict, humanitarian law, human rights, terrorism, insurgents, organized crime

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