Book Review of “Revisiting the Geneva Conventions: 1949-2019” - Asia Pacific Journal of International Humanitarian Law

By Santosh Anand

The standard disciplinary history of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 tended to depict a picture that was exclusively a triumph of humanitarian principles. Only much later did revisionist scholarly accounts emerge that analyzed the present day issues of humanitarian law by invoking a broader historical trajectory. A markedly different understanding of the origins, development and existing rules has since emerged in this body of literature. The edited volume under review can similarly be broadly located within this recent trend. The volume provides both an analysis of present issues in humanitarian law and possible future trajectories while maintaining particular focus on a broader historical context across its chapters.

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