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Interactive Outline Of The Law Of War

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  Chapter One: Introduction to the Law of War

1. Introduction

1.1 What Is War?

1.2 Purposes And Uses Of The Law Of War

1.3 Distinctions Among Types Of Armed Combat

1.4 How And When Hostilities Commence

1.5 The Legal Effects Of War

1.6 Legitimate Use Of Armed Force

bullet Self-Defense

bullet Treaty Obligation

bullet Humanitarian Intervention

Chapter Two: General Principles 


2. General Principles And Sources Of The Law Of War

2.1 The Role Of History In Establishing General Principles

2.2 Sources: Treaties, Custom, Decisions, Commentators & Treatises

2.3 The Central Role Of The U.N. Charter, The Geneva And Hague Conventions


Chapter Three: Means and Methods of Warfare

3. Means And Conduct Of Hostilities

3.1 Regulated And Forbidden Conduct

3.2 Limits On Weapons

    3.2.1 Conventional Weapons

    3.2.2 Chemical & Biological Warfare

    3.2.3 Nuclear Weapons

3.3 Limits On Methods Of Warfare

    3.3.1 Land Warfare

    3.3.2 Naval Warfare

    3.3.3 Aerial Warfare

3.4 Limits on Places Of Warfare

    3.4.1 Outer Space

    3.4.2 Environmental Warfare

3.5 What The Future Holds


Chapter Four: Decision Making in War

4. Decision Making In War

    4.1 Command Responsibility

    4.2 Liability For War Crimes

    4.3 Rules Of Engagement

    4.4 The Reality Of Combat


Chapter Five: Protected Persons


5 Protected Persons

    5.1 Prisoners Of War

     5.1.1 Entitlement to Treatment as a Prisoner of War

     5.1.2 Interrogation of Prisoners of War

     5.1.3 Torture

    5.2 Civilians

    5.3 Other Protected Persons

        5.3.1 Aliens And Internees

        5.3.2 The Sick And Wounded


Chapter Six: Protected Places


6 Protected Property

    6.1 Civilian Zones

    6.2 Specifically Protected Property

         6.2.1 Real Property

         6.2.2 Personal Property

    6.3 Excepted Military Property


Chapter Seven: Belligerent Occupation

7   Belligerent Occupation

7.1 The Legal Status of Occupied Territory

7.2 Treatment Of The Populace

7.3 Treatment Of Property

        7.3.1 Private Property

        7.3.2  Public Property

7.4 Right To Administer Occupied Territory


Chapter Eight: International Organizations


8 International Organizations

    8.1 The Role Of International Organizations In War

    8.2 The Paramount Role Of The United Nations

    8.3 Warfare By International Organizations

        8.3.1The NATO Example...Kosevo

        8.3.2 The Warsaw Pact...Czechoslovakia

        8.3.2 The U.N. Example...Korea

    8.4 Non-Governmental Organizations


Chapter Nine: Neutrality

9. Neutrality

9.1 Rules Governing Neutrality

9.2 The Role Of Neutrals

9.3 Trade And Passage By Neutrals

9.4 The Effects Of War On Neutrals


Chapter Ten: Ending Hostilities

10. Ending Hostilities

10.1 Relations Among Belligerents

10.2 The Role Of Peace Making Bodies

10.3 War Crimes Tribunals

    10.3.1 Procedural Issues Before International Tribunals

    10.3.2 Substantive Issues Before International Tribunals


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