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Unlawful Combatants: A Genealogy of the Irregular Fighter

Sibylle Scheipers


The status of irregular fighters is one of the most contentious issues in contemporary armed conflicts. This book investigates how the dichotomy between the irregular and the regular evolved in the history of modern war. Its main assumption is that this dichotomy is neither rooted in a formative historical origin such as the emergence of the modern state system, nor in any moral purpose such as the protection of civilians. Rather it is best explained as a process of historical contingencies and formative episodes in which the marginalization of irregular fighters developed into a morally and l ... More

Keywords: irregular fighters, modern war, war on terror, unlawful combatants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199646111
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646111.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sibylle Scheipers, author
University of St Andrews