The nature of war and the character of contemporary armed conflict
International law and the classification of conflicts
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012
This chapter examines the realities of the situations in which the law of armed conflict might apply and how hostilities are viewed by those who spend their time analysing them. It begins by discussing the nature of war as first propounded by Clausewitz, as well as recent criticisms of the Clausewitzian approach. It then considers the characteristics of hostilities as they have developed over time, concentrating ultimately on their current features.