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.

About the authors

Anna Di Lellio
The New School

Anna Di Lellio is a Professor of International Affairs at the New School of Public Engagement and New York University.

Emanuele Castano
The New School

Professor and Chair of Psychology, New School for Social Research