Humanitarian Law, Protection of the Environment, and Human Rights (N.A.F. Popovic)

Author(s) Neil A. F. Popovic Keywords Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, Environmental Destruction, Armed Conflict Excerpt Notwithstanding the relevance of international human rights to wartime environmental destruction, the international community tends to deal with war-related environmental harm through the modalities of humanitarian law. Although humanitarian law extensively regulates the conduct of war, that framework has […]

Fuelling War: Natural Resources and Armed Conflicts (P. Le Billon)

Author Philippe Le Billon Keywords Natural resources; economic development; social development; resource wealth; curse; resource exploitation; vulnerability; of resource-dependent countries Abstract A generous endowment of natural resources should favour rapid economic and social development. The experience of countries like Angola and Iraq, however, suggests that resource wealth often proves a curse rather than a blessing. […]

War and Public Health (B.S. Levy and V.W. Sidel)

Author Barry S. Levy and Victor W. Sidel Keywords Human rights, refugees, nuclear weapons, internally displaced persons, armed conflict, landmines, mental health, biological weapons, chemical weapons, conventional weapons Abstract This book has two main purposes. The first is to provide a systemic survey of information on the direct and indirect consequences of war on public […]

Prosecuting Members of the US Military for Wartime Environmental Crimes (E.T. Jensen & J. Teixeira)

Author(s) Eric Talbot Jensen James J. Teixeira, Jr. Keywords International law, law of armed conflict, law of war, military, environment Abstract War is inherently damaging to the environment. Though these deleterious actions are often attributed to “states” during times of armed conflict, they are normally the result of military operations conducted by members of the […]

Green giant or straw man? Environmental pressure and civil conflict, 1961–99 (H.M. Binningsbø, et al)

Author(s) Helga Malmin Binningsbø, Indra de Soysa, and Nils Petter Gleditsch Keywords Ecological footprint, Armed conflict, Neomalthusianism, Resource scarcity Abstract The proposition that environmental scarcity causes violent conflict attracts both popular and academic interest. Neomalthusian writers have developed theoretical arguments explaining this connection, and have conducted numerous case studies that seem to support the view […]