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The Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Approach

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Geoffrey S. Corn, South Texas College of Law
Victor Hansen, New England Law, Boston
M. Christopher Jenks, U.S. Army
Richard Jackson, U.S. Army
Eric Talbot Jensen, Brigham Young University
James A. Schoettler, Jr., Georgetown University, adjunct

2012.  500 pages.  ISBN: 978-1-4548-0690-5.
With Teacher¡¦s Manual.

About the Book

The Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Approach comes to students with stunning authority. All of the authors are active or retired United States Army officers with more than 140 years of collective military operational experience among them. Several have experience in both legal and operational assignments as well.  They deliver a comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the law of armed conflict, explaining the difference between law and policy in regulation of military operations. The Law of Armed Conflict provides a complete operational scenario and introduction to the operational organization of United States forces. The focus remains on United States law perspective, balanced with exposure to areas where the interpretation of its allied forces diverge. Jus ad bellum and jus in bello issues are addressed at length. Rich with documentation and examples, the text includes excerpts from treaties and treaty commentaries, domestic and international cases, Department of Defense directives, service field manuals, and regulations implementing legal obligations. Its unique pedagogy is based on overviews of each topical area of the law and utilizes a wartime scenario. Students experience operational legal issues from pre-deployment preparation through post-conflict stability operations to war crimes investigation and prosecution. Carefully crafted problems, most based on actual operational experience, follow each chapter and place the student in the position of a military legal adviser providing operational legal advice.  In this way, students enhance their understanding of the relevance of the law in planning and executing military operations. Designed for either a three or four credit offering, 14 chapters correspond to a 14-week course.

A robust ancillary package accompanies the text with solutions to all study problems, model exam questions (multiple choice, short answer, essay,) recommended supplemental sources, suggested video clips to illustrate issues, Power Point slides for each chapter, and a website with links to all primary sources.

Features of The Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Approach:

  • Authority: more than 140 years of collective military operational experience
    o all authors active or retired United States Army officers
    o several with experience in both legal and operational assignments
  • Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the law of armed conflict:
    o explains the difference between law and policy in regulation of military operations
    o provides complete operational scenario and introduction to the operational organization of United States forces
    o focuses on United States law perspective, with exposure to areas where United States and allied interpretations diverge
    o addresses jus ad bellum and jus in bello issues
    o rich with documentation and examples
          -excerpts from treaties and treaty commentaries
          -domestic and international cases
          -Department of Defense directives
          -service field manuals
          -regulations implementing legal obligations.
  • Unique pedagogy
    o overviews of each topical area of the law
    o utilizes a wartime scenario 
          -students experience operational legal issues from pre-deployment preparation through post-conflict stability operations to war crimes investigation and prosecution
    o carefully crafted problems follow each chapter
          -most based on actual operational experience 
          -place the student in the position of a military legal adviser providing operational legal advice
          -students enhance their understanding of the relevance of the law in planning and executing military operations
  • Designed for either a three or four credit offering
    o 14 chapters correspond to a 14-week course
  • Robust Teacher's Package
    o solutions to all study problems
    o model exam questions (multiple choice, short answer, essay)
    o recommended supplemental sources
    o suggested video clips to illustrate issues
    o Power Point slides for each chapter
    o a website with links to all primary sources