Jan 23 Jessica Stanton on Violence & Restraint in Civil War: Civilian Targeting in the Shadow of International Law

Humphrey School of Public Affairs Presents
Violence and Restraint in Civil War: Civilian Targeting in the Shadow of International Law

Jessica Stanton, Associate Professor
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
January 23rd, 12:45 to 2 p.m., Room 170

Media coverage of civil wars often focuses on the most gruesome atrocities and the most extreme conflicts, which might lead one to think that all civil wars involve massive violence against civilians. In truth, many governments and rebel groups exercise restraint in their fighting, largely avoiding violence against civilians in compliance with international law.

But how much does wartime violence against civilians vary across cases of civil war? Why do some governments and rebel groups deliberately attack civilians, while others refrain from targeting civilians, largely complying with the norms of civilian immunity codified in international humanitarian law?

Professor Stanton answers these questions by analyzing patterns of violence and restraint across civil wars from 1989 to 2010, as well as through in-depth case studies of conflicts in Azerbaijan, El Salvador, Indonesia, Sudan, Turkey, and Uganda.

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