Emanuele Castano

The New School

Professor and Chair of Psychology, New School for Social Research


  • The danger of “new norms” and the continuing relevance of IHL in the post-9/11 era

    In the post-9/11 era, the label “asymmetric wars” has often been used to question the relevance of certain aspects of international humanitarian law (IHL); to push for redefining the combatant/civilian distinction; and to try to reverse accepted norms such as the bans on torture and assassination. In this piece, we focused on legal and policy discussions in the United States and Israel because they better illustrate the dynamics of State-led “norm entrepreneurship”, or the attempt to propose opposing or modified norms as a revision of IHL.

  • Interview with Emanuele Castano

    Emanuele Castano, Professor and Chair of Psychology, New School for Social Research

  • Social identification processes, group dynamics and the behaviour of combatants

    In this article, respect for international humanitarian law among combatants is considered from a social psychological perspective. The authors argue that group identities are particularly salient in combat situations, and that they have a profound influence on combatants’ decisions to respect or violate international humanitarian law.

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