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Advanced Introduction to International Humanitarian Law

Robert Kolb

This innovative book provides a thought-provoking introduction to international humanitarian law (IHL). Robert Kolb explores the field through questions which are at times challenging and controversial in order to get to the very essence of the subject and give a fresh perspective. The result is an exposition both of the law as it stands, through its written and unwritten rules, and also of the uncertainties, gaps, controversies and practical problems which have arisen. IHL is revealed as a living tool, an ever-adapting means to an ever-remaining need of protection during times of armed conflict.
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Robert Kolb


This bibliography is limited to some important general tools for deepening the knowledge on IHL. Further bibliographical indicationscan be found in the quoted monographs, for example, in the Sassoli/Bouvier/Quintin Digest.


Schindler, D. and J. Toman (eds), Droit des conflits armés: recueil des conventions, résolutions et autres documents, 4th edn, Geneva: ICRC/Institut Henri Dunant, 1996.

Schindler, D. and J. Toman (eds), The Laws of Armed Conflicts: A Collection of Conventions, Resolutions and Other Documents, 4th edn, Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff, 2004.


Sassoli, M., A. Bouvier and A. Quintin, How Does Law Protect in War? Cases, Documents and Teaching Materials on Contemporary Practice in International Humanitarian Law, 3rd edn, Geneva: ICRC, 2011.

Sassoli, M., A. Bouvier and A. Quintin, Un droit dans la guerre?: vol.1: Présentation du droit international humanitaire; vols. 2-3: Cas et documents, Geneva: ICRC, 2012.


Bothe, M., K. J. Partsch and W. A. Solf, New Rules for Victims of Armed Conflicts, The Hague/Boston/London: Martinus Nijhoff, 1982.

Henckaerts, J.-M. and L. Doswald-Beck (eds), Customary International Humanitarian Law (ICRC): vol. 1: Rules; vols. II and III: Practice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005 (updates on the site of the ICRC).

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