Each episode, our guests are asked to recommend three books or articles with some connection to the laws of war. Here we collect all those recommendations in one ever-growing list (in alphabetical order by author, and with recommender in brackets):


– Allen, John and Darrell West, Turning Point: Policymaking in the Era of Artificial Intelligence (2020). (Ashley Deeks).

– Anderson, Carol, The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America (2021)(Leila Sadat).

– Arendt, Hannah, Eichmann in Jerusalem: The Banality of Evil (1963) (Chile Eboe-Osuji).

– Benkler, Yochai et al., Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics (2018) (David Sloss);

– Cormier, Monique, The Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court over Nationals of Non-State Parties, (2020)(Douglas Guilfoyle).

– Corten, Olivier, The Against War: The Prohibition on the Use of Force in Contemporary International Law (2nd ed., 2021) (Mary Ellen O’Connell).

– Dannenbaum, Tom, The Crime of Aggression, Humanity, and the Soldier (2018) (Eliav Lieblich).

– de Wet, Erika, Military Assistance on Request and the Use of Force (2020) (Tom Ruys).

– Forcese, Craig, Destroying the Caroline: The Frontier Raid that Reshaped the Right to War (2018) (Adil Haque, Tom Ruys).

– Frowe, Helen, The Ethics of War and Peace (2nd ed., 2016) (Eliav Lieblich).

– Gardam, Judith, Necessity, Proportionality and the Use of Force by States (2004) (Mary Ellen O’Connell).

– Gardam, Judith, and Michelle Jarvis, Women, Armed Conflict and International Law, (2001) (Catherine O’Rourke).

– Gardner, John, Offences and Defences: Selected Essays in the Philosophy of Criminal Law (2007)(Federica Paddeu).

– Gray, Christine, International Law and the Use of Force (4th ed., 2018) (Mary Ellen O’Connell).

– Haque, Adil Ahmad, Law and Morality and War (2017) (Eliav Lieblich).

– Hathaway, Oona, and Scott Shapiro, The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World (2017)(Craig Martin; Leila Sadat).

– Heathcote,Gina, Feminist Dialogues on International Law (2019) (Catherine O’Rourke).

– Herzog, Don, Sovereignty, RIP (2020). (Monica Hakimi).

– Hirsch, Francine, Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A New History of the International Military Tribunal after World War II (2020). (Kevin Heller).

– Hohmann, Jessie, and Daniel Joyce, eds., International Law’s Objects, (2019)(Douglas Guilfoyle).

– Jones, Craig, The War Lawyers (2020). (Kevin Heller).

– Manne, Kate, Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women (2020) (Oona Hathaway).

– Mantel, Hilary, Wolf Hall Trilogy (2009) (Oona Hathaway).

– Mantilla, Giovanni, Lawmaking Under Pressure: International Humanitarian Law and Internal Armed Conflict (Cornell Univ. Press, 2020) (Sam Moyn, Boyd van Dijk).

– Milgram, Stanley, Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View (1969) (Chile Eboe-Osuji).

– Moore, Ray, and Donald Robinson, Partners for Democracy: Crafting the New Japanese State Under MacArthur (2002)(Craig Martin).

– Mori, Tadashi, Origins of the Right of Self-Defence in International Law: From the Caroline Incident to the United Nations Charter (2018). (Adil Haque).

– Moyn, Samuel, Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War (2022) (Oona Hathaway).

– Mulder, Nicholas, The Economic Weapon: The Rise of Sanctions as a Tool of War (2022). (Ingrid Wuerth, Boyd van Dijk)

– Reisman, Michael, The Quest for World Order and Human Dignity in the Twenty-First Century (2013). (Monica Hakimi, Craig Forcese).

– Rid, Thomas, Active Measures: The Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare, (2020)(Douglas Guilfoyle).

– Ruys, Tom, ‘Armed Attack’ and Article 51 of the UN Charter: Evolutions in Customary Law and Practice (2010). (Craig Forcese).

–  Ruys, Tom, et al., The Use of Force in International Law: A Case-Based Approach (2018). (Monica Hakimi).

– Sands, Philippe, East West Street: On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes Against Humanity” (2016). (Leila Sadat);

– Scarfi, Juan Pablo, The Hidden History of International Law in the Americas: Empire and Legal Networks (2017) (Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg).

– Scharre, Paul,  Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War (2018). (Eric Jensen).

– Smith, Sheila, Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power (2019) (Yasuyuki Yoshida).

– Snyder, Timothy, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (2017) (Chile Eboe-Osuji).

– Tibori-Szabó, Kinga, Anticipatory Action in Self-Defence (2011) (Terry Gill).

– Urbina, Ian, The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier (2019)(Tom Ruys).

– Vance, Jack, Suldrun’s Garden: Lyonesse Trilogy Vol. 1 (1982)(Terry Gill).

–  van Dijk, Boyd,  Preparing for War: The Making of the Geneva Conventions ( 2022) (Sam Moyn).

– Verdebout, Agatha , Rewriting Histories of the Use of Force: The Narrative of ‘Indifference,’ (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2021) (Olivier Corten).

– Witt, John Fabian, Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History (2012)(Craig Martin).


Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

– al Attar, Moshen, “TWAIL: A Paradox within a Paradox,” 22 Int’l Comm. L.R. 163 (2019). (Kevin Heller).

– Alexander, Amanda,  “A Short History of International Humanitarian Law,” 26 European Journal of International Law 109 (2015) (Sam Moyn).

– Chimni, B. S.,“The Articles on State Responsibility and the Guiding Principles of Shared Responsibility: A TWAIL Perspective,” 31 European Journal of International Law, volume 1211 (2020) (Srinivas Burra).

– de Hoogh, Andre, “The Compelling Law of Jus Cogens and Exceptions to Peremptory Norms: To Derogate or not to Derogate, That is the Question!” in Exceptions in International Law (Lorand Bartels and Federica Paddeu, eds., 2020)(Federica Paddeu).

– Dill, Janina, “Toward a Moral Division of Labour Between IHL and IHRL during the Conduct of Hostilities,” in Z. Bohrer, J. Dill, & H. Duffy eds, Law Applicable to Armed Conflict (2020). (Adil Haque).

– Fitzmaurice, Andrew , “Discovery, Conquest, and Occupation of Territory,” in The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law, Bardo Fassbender and Anne Peters, eds. (2012) (Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg).

– Gardam, Judith, “Feminist Interventions into International Law: A Generation On,” 40 Adelaide Law Review 219 (2019) (Catherine O’Rourke).

– Hakimi, Monica, “The Jus ad Bellum‘s Regulatory Form,” 112 American J. Int’l L. 151 (2018) (Rebecca Ingber).

– Johnson, Katie “Identifying the Jus Cogens Norms in the Jus ad Bellum,” 70 Int’ and Comp. L. Quarterly 29 (2021)(Federica Paddeu).

–  Journal on the Use of Force and International Law . (Craig Forcese).

– Kattan, Victor, “Furthering the ‘War on Terrorism’ Through International Law: How the United States and the United Kingdom Resurrected the Bush Doctrine on Using Preventative Military Force to Combat Terrorism,” 5 Journal on the Use of Force and International Law 97 (2018) (Olivier Corten).

– Knuutila, Aleksi et al., “Global Fears of Disinformation: Perceived Internet and Social Media Harms in 142 Countries,” Oxford Internet Institute (2020). (David Sloss).

– Luban, David , “Complicity and Lesser Evils: A Tale of Two Lawyers,” Georgetown J. Legal Ethics, (forthcoming, 2021) (Rebecca Ingber).

– Lubell, Noam and Amichai Cohen, “Strategic Proportionality: Limitations on the Use of Force in Modern Armed Conflicts,” 96 International Law Studies 160 (2020) (Janina Dill).

– Mégret, Frédéric, “From ‘Savages’ to ‘Unlawful Combatants’: A Postcolonial Look at International Humanitarian Law’s ‘Other’, in Anne Orford, ed., International Law and its Others, (2006) (Srinivas Burra).

– Obregón, Liliana,”Between Civilisation and Barbarism: Creole Interventions in International Law,” 27 Third World Quarterly 815 (2006) (Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg).

– Rosenberger, Laura, “Making Cyberspace Safe for Democracies,” Foreign Affairs, May/June, 2020. (David Sloss).

– Shay, Lisa et al.,Do Robots Dream of Electric Laws? An Experiment in the Law as Algorithm,” in Ryan Calo et al, eds. Robot Law (2016). (Ashley Deeks).

– Starski, Paulina,“Silence within the Process of Normative Change and the Evolution of the Prohibition on the Use of Force: Normative Volatility and Legislative Responsibility,” 4 Journal on the Use of Force and International Law 14 (2017) (Olivier Corten).

– Tzouvala, Ntina, “TWAIL and the “Unwilling or Unable” Doctrine: Continuities and Ruptures,” 109 American Journal of International Law: Unbound  266 (2015) (Srinivas Burra).

– Waldock, Sir Humphrey M.,”The Regulation of the Use of Force by Individual States in International Law,” 81 Hague Academy of International Law Lectures (1962)(Terry Gill).

– Whyte, Jessica, “The ‘Dangerous Concept of the Just War’: Decolonization, Wars of National Liberation, and the Additional Protocols of the Geneva Conventions,” Humanity, Jan. 2019 (Boyd van Dijk).


Blog Posts and Essays:

– Deeks, Ashley, ed. “How Will Artificial Intelligence Affect International Law?” 114 AJIL Unbound 138 (2020) (Ashley Deeks).

– Forester, E. M., The Machine Stops (1909) (Rebecca Ingber).

– Gross, Ayel, “The 2021 Gaza War and the Limits of International Humanitarian Law,” Just Security, Jun. 1, 2021 (Aurel Sari).

– Jenks, Chris and Rain Liivoja, “Machine Autonomy and the Constant Care Obligation,” ICRC Humanitarian Law & Policy, Dec. 11, 2018. (Eric Jensen).

– Lieblich, Eliav,”Dispatch from Israel on Human Shields: What I Should’ve Said to a Dad on the Playground,” Just Security, May 18, 2021.


Government & Organization Reports:

– Israel Ministry of Justice, “Israel’s Perspective on Key Legal and Practical Issues Concerning the Application of International Law on Cyber Operations,” 97 International Law Studies (2021)(Michael Schmitt).

– Ministère des Armées, Republique Français, International Law Applied to Operations in Cyberspace, Oct. 2019 (Michael Schmitt).

– Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the Netherlands, Letter to the Parliament on the International Legal Order in Cyberspace (with Annexes), Jul. 5 , 2019 (Michael Schmitt).

– United States Department of Defense, “Directive No. 3000.09, Autonomy Weapons Systems,” Nov. 1, 2012 (as revised). (Eric Jensen).