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From St Petersburg to Rome: understanding the evolution of the modern laws of war


Killingsworth, M, From St Petersburg to Rome: understanding the evolution of the modern laws of war, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 62, (1) pp. 100-115. ISSN 0004-9522 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2016 The Author. Australian Journal of Politics and History 2016 School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1111/ajph.12210


Despite arguments to the contrary, the state continues to defiantly resist efforts to "extend the reach of legality", especially as it pertains to attempts to bound the use of organised violence within international legal mechanisms. Yet this defiance is something of a paradox, where the evolution of the modern laws of war are characterised by a contradictory pattern. By focusing on important junctures in the short evolution of the codification of the laws of war it will be argued here that the writings of Swiss jurist Emer de Vattel provide the best insights into this contradictory development

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:organised violence, international legal mechanisms
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:International relations
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International relations
Objective Field:International relations not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Killingsworth, M (Dr Matt Killingsworth)
ID Code:107858
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-03-30
Last Modified:2017-11-15

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