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  1. Who owns the Arctic? : understanding sovereignty disputes in the north

    Byers, Michael, 1966-
    Vancouver, BC ; Berkeley [Calif.] : Douglas & McIntyre ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed in the U.S. by Publishers Group West, 2010.

  2. War law

    Byers, Michael, 1966-
    London : Atlantic, 2005.

    The international rules and institutions governing the use of military force are under unprecedented scrutiny, following the removal of Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein in wars that were not sanctioned by the UN. Michael Byer's highly accessible book addresses seven broad issues: sanctions; peacekeeping; military force authorized by the UN; self-defence; UN authorized humanitarian intervention; unilateral humanitarian intervention; and the laws applicable during armed conflict ('international humanitarian law'). These issues are examined through a series of real conflicts, starting with the 1837 Caroline Incident and ending with the 2003 Iraq war. The final chapter focuses on international humanitarian law, and ranges from the 1859 Battle of Solferino to the Iraq war. War Law is neither a textbook nor a treatise, but rather an informative and stimulating read for the educated and intellectually curious non-specialist about what has always been a highly divisive issue.

  3. War law : understanding international law and armed conflicts

    Byers, Michael, 1966-
    1st American ed. - New York : Grove Press, 2006.

    International law governing the use of military force has been the subject of intense public debate. Under what conditions is it appropriate, or necessary, for a country to use force when diplomacy has failed? Michael Byers, a widely known world expert on international law, weighs these issues in "War Law." Byers examines the history of armed conflict and international law through a series of case studies of past conflicts, ranging from the 1837 Caroline Incident to the abuse of detainees by U.S. forces at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Byers explores the legal controversies that surrounded the 1999 and 2001 interventions in Kosovo and Afghanistan and the 2003 war in Iraq; the development of international humanitarian law from the 1859 Battle of Solferino to the present; and the role of war crimes tribunals and the International Criminal Court. He also considers the unique influence of the United States in the evolution of this extremely controversial area of international law. "War Law" is neither a textbook nor a treatise, but a fascinating account of a highly controversial topic that is necessary reading for fans of military history and general readers alike.

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