The new IHL Bibliography is out! As usual, it presents references to English and French publications on international humanitarian law based on books and articles available at the ICRC Library. Once again, the ICRC librarians highlighted some noteworthy documents:



Promoting the teaching of IHL in universities : overview, successes and challenges of the ICRC’s approach

Etienne Kuster. – In: The companion to international humanitarian law. – Leiden ; Boston : Brill Nijhoff, 2018. – p. 3-38

Written by the ICRC Adviser for relations with academic circles, this piece gives an overview of the ICRC’s efforts to promote the teaching of IHL in universities, including support to the successful Pictet competition and the most recent development: partnering with IHL clinics. The article also addresses the main challenges, such as teaching IHL in a country directly affected by armed conflict or addressing the misconception that “IHL is always violated”. For further reading on this subject, the recent Advanced IHL Learning Series on creating and teaching an IHL course provides a great illustration of the work done by the ICRC to promote the teaching of IHL in universities. 


The use of force against Ukraine and international law : jus ad bellum, jus in bello, jus post bellum

Sergey Sayapin, Evhen Tsybulenko, eds.. –  The Hague : Asser Press, 2018. – XXVII, 454 p. 

An important feature of the conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation is the fact that both sides have sought to make their case with reference to international law, even if that implies redefining it. This book provides of comprehensive overview of the application of international law to the conflict, from jus ad bellum and jus in bello issues to jus post bellum options. As noted in the foreword, instead of involving authors only from Russia and Ukraine, the editors were careful to select a wide variety of scholars from around the world, perhaps due to the rawness and ongoing nature of the conflict. Covering issues such as conflict characterization, cyber operations or foreign fighters, the book illustrates how much this conflict challenges the relevance of international law today.


Reparation for victims of armed conflict : impulses from the Max Planck trialogues

Christian Marxsen… [et al.]. In: Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht = Heidelberg journal of international law, 78. Jahrgang, H. 3/2018, p. 519-806

The third Max Planck Trialogues on the law of peace and war workshop, dealing with the international law on reparations for victims of armed conflict, took place on 10-11 November 2017. The result is an insightful collection of short essays exploring the issue of whether individual victims have a right to reparation under international law as it currently stands and addressing questions related to the realization of reparation claims. For a comprehensive overview of recent scholarship on the subject, head to our online catalogue.




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