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Part I, 1 Introduction

Elizabeth Wilmshurst

From: International Law and the Classification of Conflicts

Edited By: Elizabeth Wilmshurst

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 January 2021

Subject(s):
Armed conflict — Conduct of hostilities
The debate on the nature and characteristics of contemporary conflict formed the background for the project which led to the present book. A recent publication on the changing character of war refers to ‘a deep and widespread feeling that war has entered a new era, significantly different from what we have known in the past’.1 There are many reasons, it is said, why contemporary conflicts should be described as ‘new wars’, different from the old in the aims of the belligerents, the methods of warfare and in the manner in which they are being financed and...
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