First do no harm: Refugee law as a response to armed conflict

Penelope Mathew*

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    There is almost unanimous agreement that civilians should be protected from the direct effects of violent conflict, and that the distinction between combatant and non-combatant should be respected. But what are the fundamental ethical questions about civilian immunity? Are new styles of conflict making this distinction redundant? Eloquently combining theory and practice, leading scholars from the fields of political science, law and philosophy have been brought together to provide an essential overview of some of the major ethical, legal and political issues with regard to protecting civilians caught up in modern inter- and intra-state conflicts. In doing so, they examine what is being done, and what can be done, to make soldiers more aware of their responsibilities in this area under international law and the ethics of war, and more able to respond appropriately to the challenges that will confront them in the field. 'Protecting Civilians During Violent Conflict' presents a clear-eyed look at the dilemmas facing regular combatants as they confront enemies in the modern battlespace, and especially the complications arising from the new styles of conflict where enemy and civilian populations merge.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProtecting Civilians During Violent Conflict
    Subtitle of host publicationTheoretical and Practical Issues for the 21st Century
    PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd.
    Number of pages23
    ISBN (Print)9781409431251
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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