THE LONG ROAD TO PEACE: EXAMINING THE CHANGING DYNAMICS OF WARFARE AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW

Citation:
Oluwaseun, A, Oduniyi O, Adegbite O.  2019.  THE LONG ROAD TO PEACE: EXAMINING THE CHANGING DYNAMICS OF WARFARE AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW, 2019/09/05. 3:411-430.

Abstract:

AbstractWarfare and its effect on mankind is no doubt enormous. International Humanitarian Law amongst its other objectives continues to seek better ways of mitigating the adverse effect of wars. In a conceptual sense, scholars have opined that as long as the human race is in existence, warfare would remain. While some argue that wars no longer exist given that what Man contends with terms of modern conflicts is of a different nature, other counter-argue stating that given the ever-changing dynamics of warfare, there will be no time when wars will have the same nature and that whatever the form, it is still warfare of another kind.
This Article examines the veracity of both positions while considering the dynamism that warfare continues to throw up, and the significance of International Humanitarian Law responding accordingly. This article concludes that as longer as International Humanitarian Law genuinely evolves with the same speed as warfare, it would be able to hold its own in a continuously complex world. The article however adds that where this is not the case, the road to peace may yet remain long.

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