IRRC No. 900

The danger of “new norms” and the continuing relevance of IHL in the post-9/11 era

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In the post-9/11 era, the label "asymmetric wars" has often been used to question the relevance of certain aspects of international humanitarian law (IHL); to push for redefining the combatant/civilian distinction; and to try to reverse accepted norms such as the bans on torture and assassination. In this piece, we focused on legal and policy discussions in the United States and Israel because they better illustrate the dynamics of State-led "norm entrepreneurship", or the attempt to propose opposing or modified norms as a revision of IHL.

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