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The Laws of War in International Thought

Pablo Kalmanovitz


The Law of Armed Conflict is usually understood as a regime of exception that applies only during armed conflict and regulates hostilities among enemies. It assigns privileges to states far beyond what they are allowed to do in peacetime, and it mandates certain protections for noncombatants, which can often be defeated by appeals to military necessity or advantage.

Keywords: laws of war, law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, law of nations, regular war, just war, state sovereignty, Spanish scholasticism, Hugo Grotius, Emer de Vattel, humanitarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198790259
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198790259.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pablo Kalmanovitz, author
Research Professor, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)