Accession Number : ADA310927

Title :   Green War: An Assessment of the Environmental Law of International Armed Conflict.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Schmitt, Michael N.

PDF Url : ADA310927

Report Date : 14 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 221

Abstract : The Gulf War highlighted the potential for destruction of the environment during armed conflict. In particular, the intentional dumping of millions of barrels of oil into the Persian Gulf in the immediate aftermath of the air war' s commencement and the setting ablaze of over 500 oil wells as the war came to a close generated a flurry of activity within the international legal community. This study examines whether the current core sources of the environmental law of war (customary international law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, Protocol I Additional to the Geneva Conventions and the Environmental Modification Convention) are sufficiently comprehensive, enforceable and practical to adequately protect the environment during armed conflict. The study concludes with recommendations on the future course of the law.

Descriptors :   *ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, *LAW ENFORCEMENT, *INTERNATIONAL LAW, ENVIRONMENTS, CORES, PEACETIME, COMMUNITIES, PERSIAN GULF, DESTRUCTION, CONVENTIONAL WARFARE, CONFLICT, OILS, FEDERAL LAW, BARRELS, LIMITED WARFARE.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Defense Systems
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE