Covenants without the Sword: International Law and the Protection of Civilians in Times of War

@article{Valentino2006CovenantsWT,
  title={Covenants without the Sword: International Law and the Protection of Civilians in Times of War},
  author={B. Valentino and B. Huth and Benjamin A. Paul K. Sarah Croco},
  journal={World Politics},
  year={2006},
  volume={58},
  pages={339 - 377}
}
Do the international laws of war effectively protect civilian populations from deliberate attack? In a statistical analysis of all interstate wars from 1900 to 2003 the authors find no evidence that signatories of The Hague or Geneva Conventions intentionally kill fewer civilians during war than do nonsignatories. This result holds for democratic signatories and for wars in which both sides are parties to the treaty. Nor do they find evidence that a state's regime type or the existence of… Expand
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