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The 1998-2000 Eritrea-Ethiopia War and Its Aftermath in International Legal Perspective - From the 2000 Algiers Agreements to the 2018 Peace Agreement

April 2021 Editor: Prof Andrea de Guttry, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
Editor: Prof Harry H.G. Post, Faculté Libre de Droit, Université Catholique de Lille, Lille, France
Editor: Prof Gabriella Venturini, Dipartimento di Studi internazionali, giuridici e storico-politici, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy



  • Published: April 2021
  • Pages: xxix + 753 pp. + 6 ill. (6 fc)
  • Publisher: T.M.C. ASSER PRESS
  • Distributor: Springer

This book centres on the war that raged between Eritrea and Ethiopia from 1998 to 2000, a war that caused great loss of life and tremendous devastation. It analyses the war in great detail from an international legal perspective: the nature and the state of the boundary conflict preceding the actual armed conflict, the military actions themselves, the role of the UN peace-keeping mission, the responsibility for the multitude of explosive remnants of the war left behind. Ample attention is paid to the decisions of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission and the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission.

This study is not limited to the war and the period immediately following it, it also examines its more extended aftermath prolonging the analysis as far as the more recent improvement in the relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia, away from a situation of ‘no war, no peace’ that prevailed after the armed conflict ended. The analysis of the war and its aftermath is not only in terms of international legal issues, it has been placed in a wider than strictly legal perspective.

The book is a valuable work for academics and practitioners in international law, human rights and humanitarian law in particular, for political scientists, diplomats, civil servants, historians, and all those others seriously interested in the Horn of Africa.

Andrea de Guttry is Full Professor of Public International Law at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, Italy.
Harry H.G. Post is Adjunct Professor in the Faculté Libre de Droit of the Université Catholique de Lille in Lille, France.
Gabriella Venturini is Professor Emerita in the Dipartimento di Studi internazionali, giuridici e storico-politici of the Università degli Studi di Milano in Milan, Italy.

Specific to this book:

  • The most comprehensive study of the 1998-2000 War between Eritrea and Ethiopia
  • The critical focus lies on the work of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission and the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission
  • Provides a profound study of the background to and context of the war
  • This study provides a broad disciplinary perspective including historical, geographical, anthropological, and the points of view of political science and sociology
  • Analyses the 1998-2000 War between Eritrea and Ethiopia in the light of the jus ad bellum, the jus in bello and also in terms of the jus post bellum
  • Examines in a wider than a legal perspective the development of relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia since before the War until recent times

Originally published in 2009, this second revised edition contains updated versions of the contributions included in the first edition and a new Part VII, From the 2000 Algiers Agreement to the 2018 Agreement on Peace, Friendship and Comprehensive Cooperation, has also been added.

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