International Humanitarian Law Facing New Challenges

Symposium in Honour of KNUT IPSEN

  • Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg
  • Volker Epping
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Introduction

  3. Asymmetries with regard to Methods and Means of Warfare

  4. Asymmetries and the Identification of Legitimate Military Objectives

  5. The System of Status Groups

  6. The Relationship between Individual and State Responsibility

  7. Dissemination and Monitoring Compliance

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 273-280

About these proceedings


Recent armed conflicts, whether international or non-international in character, are in many respects characterized by a variety of asymmetries. These asymmetries may be overstressed, sometime even abused, and ultimately virtually meaningless. Still, either as such or in conjunction with other developments, they seem to challenge the law of armed conflicts or: international humanitarian law. These challenges may very well compromise the very function of that body of law, which is to mitigate as far as possible the calamities of war. Thus, the law of armed conflict may be deprived of its fundamental function as an order of necessity because its legally binding directives will increasingly be disregarded for the sake of allegedly superior values.

In order to discuss these and other questions a most distinguished group of experts in the field of the law of armed conflicts gathered in Berlin in June 2005. The goal of that colloquium, which marked the 70th birthday of Knut Ipsen, was to find operable solutions for problems and challenges the contemporary law of armed conflict is confronted with.

With contributions by Bill Boothby, Michael Bothe, Yoram Dinstein, Knut Dörmann, Charles J. Dunlap Jr., Volker Epping, Dieter Fleck, Steven Haines, Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, Hans-Joachim Heintze, Rainer Hofmann, Frits Kalshoven, Stefan Oeter, W. Hays Parks, Michael Schmitt, Torsten Stein, and Andreas Zimmermann.


Armed conflict Asymmetric warfare Humanitarian Law International human rights law International humanitarian law International terrorism Ius in bello Law of Armed Conflict Private contractors Proportionality State responsibility non-state actors

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg
    • 1
  • Volker Epping
    • 2
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht, insbesondere Völkerrecht, Europarecht und ausländisches VerfassungsrechtEuropa-Universität ViadrinaFrankfurt/OderGermany
  2. 2.Juristische Fakultät, Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht, Völker- und EuroparechtLeibniz Universität HannoverHannoverGermany

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