This book examines two branches of the international law of armed conflict as they apply to national liberation movements. First, it explores the idea that national liberation movements may legitimately resort to the use of force to secure the right of their peoples to self-determination. Second, it examines the application of the humanitarian law of armed conflict in wars of national liberation.
`It is an absorbing, well-documented and extensively annotated work ... This book is to be recommended as a reference and historical guide to all those who are interested in the subject.' NATO's Sixteen Nations
`A stimulating book.'
F. A. Mann, International Affairs
'Wilson has certainly made a very useful contribution to the literature on national liberation movements. This is the first book to concentrate on the right of self-determination and its effect on the law of war, and ought to be widely read, especially by those who still hold the conventional view that the use of force remains the exclusive province of sovereign states.'
Onje Gye-Wado, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, Modern African Studies, Volume 29, part 4, 1991
`Planners and policy makers should find this very useful in their assessments and possibly in decisions for execution'