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.
|Title of host publication||Handbook on the Geographies of Power|
|Editors||Mat Coleman , John Agnew|
|Publisher||Edward Elgar Publishing|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 27 Jul 2018|
|Name||Research Handbooks in Geography|