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Civilians in the line of fire

Civilians in the line of fire. Laurie Taylor explores the history of human shields and the role of war lawyers in military conflicts.

CIVILIANS IN THE LINE OF FIRE: Laurie Taylor talks to Nicola Perugini, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, about the global history of human shields, from civil wars to Black Lives Matters. How have ordinary people come to be both voluntary and involuntary shields for protection, coercion, or deterrence? Also, war lawyers. Craig Jones, Lecturer in Political Geography at Newcastle University, discusses the way in which legal professionals have increasingly been invited to advise on military operations which were once the exclusive preserve of commanders. What implications has this had for the conduct of war, in general and the treatment of civilians, in particular? Why has it allowed for an extension, rather than a curtailment, of civilian deaths?

Producer: Jayne Egerton

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29 minutes

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Mon 9 Nov 2020 00:15


Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini, Human Shields - A History of People in the Line of Fire (University of California Press, 2020)

Craig Jones, The War Lawyers - The United States, Israel, and Juridical Warfare (Oxford University Press, 2020)


  • Wed 4 Nov 2020 16:00
  • Mon 9 Nov 2020 00:15

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