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The talk will address the legal classification of violence as an armed conflict as part of a struggle for recognition. It will describe the trajectory of different concepts of war and armed conflict associated with non-state groups, and the evolution of the requirements of the intensity of violence and organization of a group. It will propose three rationales for classification and recognition, appearing overtime but occasionally overlapping: recognition as conferral of status and legitimacy; recognition for humanitarian protection; and punitive recognition. The recent rise of punitive recognition through asymmetric war governance is revealing but not conclusive.


Lewis International Law Center 214B Room


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ellen shapiro-smith
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Program on International Law and Armed Conflict
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