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Military Professionalism and Humanitarian Law: The Struggle to Reduce the Hazards of War

Yishai Beer


This book seeks to revitalize the humanitarian mission of the international law governing armed conflict, which is being frustrated due to states’ actual practice. In order to achieve its two aims—creating an environment in which full abidance by the law becomes an attainable norm, thus facilitating the second and more important aim of reducing human suffering—it calls for the acknowledgment of realpolitik considerations that dictate states’ and militaries’ behavior. This requires recognition of the core interests of law-abiding states, fighting in their own self-defense—those that, from their ... More

Keywords: law of armed conflict, military professionalism, deterrence, military necessity, humanity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190881146
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190881146.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yishai Beer, author
Professor of Law, Radzyner Law School, Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya

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