International Law, Politics and Inhumane Weapons

The Effectiveness of Global Landmine Regimes

By Alan Bryden

© 2013 – Routledge

192 pages

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Hardback: 9780415622059
pub: 2012-08-17
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About the Book

This book contributes to contemporary debates on the effectiveness of international humanitarian law (IHL) in regulating or prohibiting inhumane weapons, such as landmines.

Two treaties have emerged under IHL in response to the humanitarian scourge of landmines. However, despite a considerable body of related literature, clear understandings have not been established on the effectiveness of these international legal frameworks in meeting the challenges that prompted their creation.

This book seeks to address this lacuna. An analytical framework grounded in regime theory helps move beyond the limitations in the current literature through a structured focus on principles, norms, rules, procedures, actors and issue areas. On the one hand, this clarifies how political considerations determine opportunities and constraints in designing and implementing IHL regimes. On the other, it enables us to explore how and why ‘ideal’ policy prescriptions are threatened when faced with complex challenges in post-conflict contexts.

This book will be of much interest to students of international humanitarian law, global governance, human security and IR in general.

Table of Contents

1. The Design, Implementation and Effectiveness of Global Landmine Regimes 2. Regimes Prohibiting the Use in War of Poison Gas and Dum Dum Bullets 3. The Emergence of the Landmine Regimes 4. Implementing the Landmine Regimes 5. Humanitarian Demining 6. Stockpile Destruction 7. The Effectiveness of Global Landmine Regimes

About the Author

Alan Bryden is Deputy Head of Research, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), and has a Phd in International Relations from the University of Bradford, UK.

About the Series

Law, Conflict and International Relations

Since the end of the Cold War, the place of law in international politics has been hotly contested, even as in practice legal rules and actors have become increasingly important.  Nowhere has this been more evident than in the role of law in armed conflict, peacemaking, and peacebuilding. This series will bring together cutting-edge, interdisciplinary scholarship on law, conflict, and international politics, encompassing the fields of international criminal law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law, and law relating to the use of force, and conflict prevention, resolution, peacemaking, and peacebuilding, and resort to the use of force. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
LAW / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security