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Targeting, gender and international posthumanitarian law and practice: Warfare in the age of data–driven agency

Conference contribution
Authors Matilda Arvidsson
Published in Kent workshop in International Law and theory
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Law
Language en
Keywords international humanitarian law, IHL, targeting, posthumanistic feminist theory, data-driven agency, Rosi Braidotti
Subject categories International law, Jurisprudence

Abstract

Focusing on targeting law and practice in contemporary warfare this article brings international humanitarian legal scholarship into conversation with posthumainist feminist theory for the purpose of thinking more carefully about the challenges for international humanitarian law (IHL) in the age of data-driven agency. I suggest that posthumanist feminist scholarship – in particular the work of Rosi Braidotti – is helpful to the IHL scholar for understanding and describing how contemporary warfare is already conducted and how the targetable body known through the IHL framework of seeing/knowing is necessarily already both material and to this, now also directly digital. Posthumanist ontology, moreover, avails a much needed critical position from which to question the ‘human’ and ‘humanitarian’ aim in IHL. A posthumanist turn in IHL – a posthumanitarian international law – which acknowledges and protects life beyond the anthropocenic world-order avails, I argue, a better description to IHL and scholarship of how contemporary warfare practice operates and how life and death in the post-anthropocene is already taking place since long.

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