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Do the Geneva Conventions Matter?


February 12, 2018

Do the Geneva Conventions Matter? A new book co-edited by Professor Nina Tannenwald was published in September 2017 by the Oxford University Press.

The Geneva Conventions are the best-known and longest-established laws governing warfare, but what difference do they make to how states engage in armed conflict? Since the start of the "War on Terror" with 9/11, these protocols have increasingly been incorporated into public discussion. We have entered an era where contemporary wars often involve terrorism and guerrilla tactics, but how have the rules that were designed for more conventional forms of interstate violence adjusted?

Do the Geneva Conventions Matter? co-edited by Nina Tannenwald and Matthew Evangelista, provides a comparative analysis of the laws that govern warfare and a more specific investigation relating to state practice.

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