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Environment and War: Lessons from International Cultural Heritage Law

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This chapter investigates what lessons, if any, can be drawn from the regime for the protection of cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict for the design of a new regime relating to protection of the environment with respect to armed conflict. It is necessary to provide an account as to why the environment has so far been mostly neglected in IHL. In this respect ecofeminism provides a useful theoretical framework. By feminising the environment, ecofeminism provides a narrative of the environment's relative neglect in certain fields. The chapter introduces the ecofeminist perspective and how it bears on the relationship between environment, war and culture. It focuses more specifically on certain key features of the regime for the protection of heritage protection in wartime, stressing the extent to which these features could be incorporated into an eventual regime for the protection of the environment in wartime.

Keywords: armed conflict; cultural heritage protection; ecofeminism; environment; international humanitarian law (IHL); wartime



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