Lieber Series: The Lieber Code and the Regulation of Civil War in International Law

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In this paper, we consider one particularly interesting feature of the Lieber Code, which is the fact that it was a drawn up by the U.S. Government to regulate the conduct of its armed forces in a civil war.  In so doing, we hope to explore the extent to which there may be links between the Lieber Code and the contemporary regulation of non-international armed conflicts.  In particular, we explore some similarities and contrasts between the views on the regulation of civil war that existed at the time of the drafting of the Lieber Code and the position that exists today.


53 Colum. J. Transnat'l L. 638