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The Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Approach, Second Edition

Geoffrey S. Corn, Victor Hansen, Richard Jackson, M. Christopher Jenks, Eric Talbot Jensen, James A. Schoettler


  • ISBN: 9781454880882

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  • Description

    The Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Approach covers all aspects of the law of armed conflict and explains the important difference between law and policy in regulation of military operations. Each author is a retired U.S. Army officer (more than 140 years of collective military operational experience) and a leading scholar in the field of international law and conflict regulation. To accomplish the authors’ objective, the book uses an operational scenario to provide the context necessary to develop a genuine understanding of the law.

    Based on Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 2003 U.S. and Coalition attack on Iraq, the scenario links all chapters together, and places students in the role of military and civilian legal advisors responsible for providing commanders and other operational decision-makers with legally-based opinions to support their missions. The text focuses primarily on the U.S. interpretation of this area of law, but also includes discussion of important areas of legal divergence between U.S. and major Coalition partners, as well as the perspectives drawn from the academic and non-governmental humanitarian communities, in order to expose students to the challenges these divergences can create for decision-makers and their legal advisors.

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  • Additional Product Details

    Publication Date: 9/14/2018
    Hardcover: 9781454880882
    Ebook: 9781543802917

    Detailed Table of Contents (PDF Download)

    Summary of Contents


    Iraq Scenario

    Chapter 1: Legal Bases for Use of Force
    Chapter 2: History, Sources, and Principles of the Law of
    Armed Conflict
    Chapter 3: Triggering the Law of Armed Conflict
    Chapter 4: Classification and Status of Persons
    Chapter 5: Belligerent Detention
    Chapter 6: Civilian Protection Law
    Chapter 7: Targeting
    Chapter 8: Weapons and Tactics
    Chapter 9: Wounded and Sick
    Chapter 10: Occupation, Termination of Hostilities,
    and Transition
    Chapter 11: Naval Warfare and Neutrality
    Chapter 12: Air, Space, and Cyber Warfare
    Chapter 13: War Crimes
    Chapter 14: Command Responsibility and Compliance

    Glossary of Terms
    Table of Cases

  • Author Information

    Geoffrey Corn

    Geoffrey S. Corn is the Vinson & Elkins Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law Houston. Prior to joining the South Texas faculty in 2005, Professor Corn served in the U.S. Army for 21 years as an officer, retiring in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2004, and a final year as civilian legal expert on law of war matters. Professor Corn’s teaching and scholarship focuses on the law of armed conflict, national security law, criminal law, and criminal procedure. His Army career included service as the Army’s senior law of war expert advisor, tactical intelligence officer in Panama; supervisory defense counsel for the Western United States; Chief of International Law for US Army Europe; Professor of International and National Security Law at the US Army Judge Advocate General’s School; and Chief Prosecutor for the 101st Airborne Division. He earned is B.A. from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, his JD with highest honors from George Washington University, his LLM as the distinguished graduate from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School. He is also a distinguished military graduate of U.S. Army Officer Candidate School, and a graduate of U.S. Army Command and General Staff Course. Professor Corn has testified as an expert witness at the Military Commission in Guantanamo, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and in federal court. He is co-author of The Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Perspective; The Laws of War and the War on Terror; National Security Law and Policy: Principles and Policy; U.S. Military Operations: Law, Policy, and Practice; National Security Law and the Constitution, and Law in War: A Concise Overview (with K. Watkin and J. Williamson).

    Eric Jensen

    Eric Talbot Jensen is a professor of law at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and recently returned to BYU after serving for a year as the Special Counsel to the Department of Defense General Counsel. Prior to joining the BYU law faculty in 2011, Professor Jensen spent 2 years teaching at Fordham Law School in New York City and 20 years in the United States Army as both a Cavalry Officer and as a Judge Advocate. During his time as a Judge Advocate, Professor Jensen served in various positions including as the Chief of the Army’s International Law Branch; Deputy Legal Advisor for Task Force Baghdad; Professor of International and Operational Law at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School; legal advisor to the US contingent of UN Forces deployed to Skopje, Macedonia as part of UNPREDEP; and legal advisor in Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor/Guard. Professor Jensen is a graduate of Brigham Young University (B.A., International Relations), University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D.), The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (LL.M.) and Yale Law School (LL.M.). Professor Jensen is an expert in the law of armed conflict, public international law, national security law, and cyber warfare. He was one of the group of experts who prepared the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare and is currently working on the Tallinn Manual dealing with cyber operations more generally. In addition to The Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Perspective, he is co-author on The Laws of War and the War on Terror, and National Security Law and Policy: A Student Treatise. He is the author of more than thirty law journal publications focusing on international law, national security law, cyber law and international criminal law.

    Victor Hansen

    ssor of Law Victor Hansen teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Prosecutorial Ethics at New England Law School-Boston. Before joining the New England Law faculty in 2005, he served a 20-year career in the Army, most of that time as a JAG Corps officer. In his last military assignment he served as a regional defense counsel for the United States Army Trial Defense Service. His previous assignments include work as a military prosecutor and supervising prosecutor. He has been involved in military capital litigation as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. He also served as an associate professor of law at The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, VA. He is the author of several articles and books on criminal and military law, evidence, and national security issues, and is an elected member of the American Law Inst

    James A. Schoettler

    Professor Schoettler is a retired U.S. Army officer. He served 30 years in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps on active duty and in the Reserves. For many years, he was assigned to the International and Operational Law Division of the U.S. Army’s Office of the Judge Advocate General, where he was Assistant Chief. Professor Schoettler completed his military career as Deputy Counsel and Staff Judge Advocate in the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (now Defense POW/MIA Accounting Office). Since 2006, Professor Schoettler has taught courses in the Law of War (International Humanitarian Law) at the Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Schoettler is a co-author of THE WAR ON TERROR AND THE LAWS OF WAR: A MILITARY PERSPECTIVE published by Oxford University Press. Most recently, he published an article on the principle of precautions with Professor Geoffrey Corn in the U.S. Army’s Military Law Review (G. Corn & J. Schoettler, Targeting and Civilian Risk Mitigation: The Essential Role of Precautionary Measures, 223 MIL. L. REV 785 (2015)).

    In addition to his academic and military activities, Professor Schoettler is Deputy General Counsel and Director, Corporate Compliance for a nuclear energy company in the Washington, D.C. area.

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