Geneva Conventions

Geneva Conventions

Geneva Conventions, series of treaties signed (1864–1949) in Geneva, Switzerland, providing for humane treatment of combatants and civilians in wartime. The first convention, signed by 16 nations, covered the protection of sick and wounded soldiers and medical personnel and facilities, and was instrumental in the development of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Later conventions extended (1906) the first to naval warfare and covered (1929) the treatment of prisoners of war. As a result of World War II, particularly of the conduct of Germany and Japan, four conventions were adopted in 1949 to strengthen and codify earlier treaties and safeguard civilians. Amendments have since been made through additional protocols.

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Geneva Conventions: Selected full-text books and articles

Missing the Target: Where the Geneva Conventions Fall Short in the Context of Targeted Killing By Mallette-Piasecki, Michelle Albany Law Review, Vol. 76, No. 1, Fall 2012
Rescuing the Law of War: A Way Forward in an Era of Global Terrorism By Hoffman, Michael H Parameters, Vol. 35, No. 2, Summer 2005
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"Six Floors" of Detainee Operations in the Post-9/11 World By Ayres, Thomas E Parameters, Vol. 35, No. 3, Autumn 2005
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Challenges of Twenty-First Century Conflicts: A Look at Direct Participation in Hostilities By Williamson, Jamie A Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law, Vol. 20, No. 3, Spring 2010
Leashing the Dogs of War By Rivkin, David B., Jr.; Casey, Lee A The National Interest, No. 73, Fall 2003
Protecting People in Times of War By Sandoz, Yves UN Chronicle, Vol. 36, No. 4, Winter 1999
After Guantanamo: The War over the Geneva Convention By Rabkin, Jeremy The National Interest, Summer 2002
Champions of Charity: War and the Rise of the Red Cross By John F. Hutchinson Westview Press, 1996
Librarian's tip: Includes discussion of the Geneva Conventions in multiple chapters
On America's Double Standard: The Good and Bad Faces of Exceptionalism By Koh, Harold Hongju The American Prospect, Vol. 15, No. 10, October 2004
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