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3rd Edition

War, Conflict and Human Rights
Theory and Practice

ISBN 9781138234291
Published July 27, 2017 by Routledge
298 Pages

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Book Description

War, Conflict and Human Rights is an innovative inter-disciplinary textbook, combining aspects of law, politics and conflict analysis to examine the relationship between human rights and armed conflict.

This third edition has been fully revised and updated, and contains a completely new chapter on business, conflict and human rights. Making use of both theoretical and practical approaches, the authors:

  • examine the tensions and complementarities between protection of human rights and resolution of conflict – the competing political demands and the challenges posed by internal armed conflict and the increasing role of nonstate actors, including corporations, in armed conflicts;
  • explore the scope and effects of human rights violations in contemporary armed conflicts, such as in Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the former Yugoslavia;
  • assess the legal and institutional accountability mechanisms developed in the wake of armed conflict to punish violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law such as the ad hoc tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, hybrid or internationalized tribunals and the International Criminal Court;
  • discuss continuing and emergent global trends and challenges in the fields of human rights and conflict analysis.

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, transitional justice and international relations generally.

Table of Contents

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

6. Business, Conflict and Human Rights

Part 2: Contemporary Conflict: Critical Cases

7. The Former Yugoslavia

8. Sierra Leone

9. The Democratic Republic of Congo

10. Sudan

Part 3: Building Peace and Seeking Accountability: Recent Mechanisms and Institutions

11. Ad Hoc Tribunals

12. Enforcing Human Rights Transnationally

13. Hybrid Tribunals

14. The International Criminal Court

15. Enduring and Emergent Challenges and Opportunities

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Chandra Lekha Sriram is Professor of International Law and International Relations and Director of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict at the University of East London, UK.

Olga Martin-Ortega is Reader in Public International Law at the University of Greenwich, UK.

Johanna Herman is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict at the University of East London, UK


Praise for previous editions:

“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