War, Conflict and Human Rights
Theory and practice, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2014 – 272 pages
War, Conflict and Human Rights is an innovative, interdisciplinary textbook combining aspects of law, politics, and conflict analysis to examine the relationship between human rights and armed conflict.
This second edition has been revised and updated, making use of both theoretical and practical approaches. Over the course of the book, the authors:
This volume will be essential reading for students of war and conflict studies, human rights, and international humanitarian law, and highly recommended for students of conflict resolution, peacebuilding, international security and international relations, generally.
‘What makes this book such a superb teaching tool? The text begins by providing separate background chapters on human rights and conflict studies. This makes the case studies and topical chapters completely accessible for a wide range of students. Clearly written and completely up-to-date, War, Conflict and Human Rights will undoubtedly find itself on the mandatory reading list of many syllabi.’ - Julie Mertus, American University, USA
‘[the authors] have tackled the most perplexing issues of humanitarian protection and conflict resolution, clarified the hard choices and explored their implications in probing case studies. They demonstrate that the tools now available to promote human rights, though far from adequate, can make a positive difference when they are mobilized vigorously and authentically, respecting both shared rights and legitimate differences.’ - Michael Doyle, Columbia University, USA
‘This indispensable volume, useful for both teaching and research, navigates a path around the pitfalls inherent in the age-old conceptual struggle between peace and justice. In doing so it details a sophisticated agenda for conflict resolution and peacebuilding, through international humanitarian and human rights law, for the ultimate goal of conflict prevention.’ - Oliver Richmond, University of Manchester, UK
‘Thoughtfully designed and utterly thought-provoking, this interdisciplinary text draws on law, the humanities, and politics in relation to conflict management. In so doing, the authors offer a sorely needed practical and theoretical approach to the intricately layered legal and political relationships embedded in armed conflict and the actions taken to prevent, intervene, mediate, or account for the often resulting massive human toll.’ - Human Rights Quarterly
Part 1: War and Human Rights: Critical Issues 1. The Interplay Between War and Human Rights 2. Conflict: Fundamentals and Debates 3. Human Rights: History and Debates 4. Humanitarian and Human Rights Law in Armed Conflict 5. Nonstate Actors and International Humanitarian and International Human Rights Law Part 2: Contemporary Conflict: Critical Cases 6. The Former Yugoslavia 7. Sierra Leone 8. The Democratic Republic of Congo 9. Sudan Part 3: Building Peace and Seeking Accountability: Recent Mechanisms and Institutions 10. Ad Hoc Tribunals 11. Enforcing Human Rights Transnationally 12. Hybrid Tribunals 13. The International Criminal Court 14. Enduring and Emergent Challenges and Opportunities
Chandra Lekha Sriram is Professor of International Law and International Relations, the University of East London, UK.
Olga Martin-Ortega is Reader in Public International Law, the University of Greenwich, UK.
Johanna Herman is a Research Fellow, Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, the University of East London, UK.