An International Law of Guerrilla Warfare: The Global Politics of Law-Making

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An International Law of Guerrilla Warfare: The Global Politics of Law-Making

By Keith Suter
St. Martin's, 1984
192 pp. $27.50
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The conclusion of this book is that there is no clear or effective international law covering the conduct of guerrilla warfare, despite the conclusion in 1977 of two detailed protocols supplementing the Geneva Conventions of 1949 on the humanitarian law of armed conflicts. One may wonder whether the long story of the decade of conferences and negotiations involving international lawyers, diplomats, the United Nations, non-governmental organizations and especially the International Committee of the Red Cross, with disappointing results, is worth telling. Governments were not sufficiently concerned to make the effort succeed, and the world press showed no interest. However, the subject is an important one, and Keith Suter, an Australian scholar, enlivens his narrative with pointed, even barbed, commentary.