Human shields and the political geography of international humanitarian law

Neve Gordon, Nicola Perugini

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Abstract

This chapter examines the dialectic among law, space and political violence, by providing a concise outline of the genealogy of a legal figure: the human shield. By describing the historical development of the human shielding article in international humanitarian law and its changing political and ethical functions, we illustrate how a legal figure is created, how its meaning is transformed over the years, and how the changes it undergoes reflect shifting power relations and the fluctuating political demands of different actors. Our assumption is that a microanalysis of human shields also uncovers some of the more general power dynamics through which international law is produced and the particular ways it regulates and, at times, even facilitates violence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on the Geographies of Power
EditorsMat Coleman , John Agnew
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Chapter17
Pages277-296
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781785365645
ISBN (Print)9781785365638
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameResearch Handbooks in Geography

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