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Rule of Law in War: International Law and United States Counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan

Travers McLeod


This book places international law at the centre of the transformation of United States counterinsurgency (COIN) that occurred during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. It contradicts existing theoretical assumptions and claims international law matters more than is often assumed and more than we have previously been able to claim. In particular, the book contends international law matters in a case that may be regarded as particularly tough for international law, that is, the development of a key military doctrine, the execution of that doctrine on the battlefield, and the ultimate conduct of arm ... More

Keywords: international law, armed conflict, counterinsurgency, United States, Iraq, Afghanistan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198716396
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716396.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Travers McLeod, author
Centre for Policy Development (Australia)