The Effective Deterrence of Environmental Damage during Armed Conflict: A Case Analysis of the Persian Gulf War
JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL'S SCHOOL CHARLOTTESVILE VA
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An examination of the environmental damage that occurred during the Persian Gulf War provides a legal framework to conclude that the existing international legal order clearly proscribes environmental damage that is not justified by military necessity during armed conflict. It is equally clear, however, that there is no institutionalized mechanism at the international level to strengthen deterrence by facilitating individual and State accountability for even the most flagrant violations of the law. This thesis proposes two things a system to strengthen the ability of the international community to take action, and a stronger role for the United States until the world community develops a more effective system of redress.
- Government and Political Science
- Sociology and Law
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Environmental Health and Safety