Chairman Michael Schmitt and Stockton professor of law, Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, pose with the six-volume collection of essays in international humanitarian law published Sept. 12, 2012. The volumes are arranged topically and a special effort was made to identify and include forgotten works meriting rediscovery in light of recent times. (Contributed Photo)
NEWPORT, R.I. – U.S. Naval War College (NWC) professors Michael Schmitt, chairman of the international law department, and Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, Stockton professor of law, co-authored a new book, “The Library of Essays in International Humanitarian Law.”
According to Schmitt, Ashgate Publishing asked him if he would be interested in editing such a project. The six-volume set is the culmination of a three-year effort to bring together the most significant works in the field of humanitarian law published in the last century.
“Early scholarship of conflict law studies predates online referencing,” said Schmitt. “This work digs back one century.”
The set details the world’s top scholars writing on the subject matter.
“It deals with everything from the duty of occupiers in the protection of civilians during air bombardments, to the protection of art and maintaining the economy,” he said. “The Geneva Convention of 1949 dealt quite substantially with all of these matters. Of course, until World War II, air bombardments were not a great concern in the context of conflict law.”
The two were supported by teams of law students from Atlanta’s Emory Law School and Germany’s Viadrina-Europa University.
Schmitt is a graduate of the NWC’s College of Naval Warfare. He was previously the chair of public international law at the University of Durham in England and dean of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany.
He served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as a judge advocate specializing in operational and international law.
Von Heinegg earned his doctorate in law from Viadrina European University in Germany and is the Charles H. Stockton professor of international law at the NWC.
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