Essay about The Rise Of Irregular Wars

2194 Words Nov 18th, 2016 9 Pages
of jus in bello rely on a distinction between combatants and non-combatants. Stephen Coleman has questioned whether this distinction is relevant to conflicts in the twenty-first century. Write a paper in which you:
a. Explain the distinction and the justification for it.
b. Describe the features of contemporary wars that make the distinction harder to describe or harder to apply
d. Explain whether you think the distinction should be accepted as traditionally defined, accepted but revised, or rejected, and give an argument to defend your conclusion.
The rise of irregular wars has marked a transformation of traditional warfare. Irregular wars have blurred the line between combatant and non-combatant on which the traditional definition of a non-combatant was built upon. Under these circumstances, the principle of discrimination is hard to uphold to a high standard due to the uncertainty that surrounds the classification of a target. I will argue that the classification of a combatant and non-combatant should be altered to apply to non-traditional conflicts in order to prevent the killing and alienation of civilians. I will describe the principle of non-combatant immunity, and I will explain what features of a contemporary war make the distinction hard to make and apply. In addition, I will discuss how the traditional classification of a non-combatant fails to apply to contemporary wars and beseeches a revision. I will also describe Asa Kasher and…

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