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Frontline Land: The Everyday Life of International Humanitarian Law

This Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship project investigated the often overlooked factors of the emotional life and perceptual judgments of those who are expected to enact law in a time of war. 

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As the prospect of human-less warfare becomes more realistic, there is an urgent need to grapple with the human element that is slipping away and provide international humanitarian law with a theory of emotion that is missing. Led by Dr Rebecca Sutton, the project developed the concept of “Frontline Land,” a space of encounter in which different conflict zone actors navigate the interplay of law and emotions on a daily basis.

About the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

The Leverhulme Trust awards funding to talented individuals across academic disciplines, and the Early Career Fellowships are for early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. 

How the emotions and perceptual judgments of frontline actors shape the practice of international humanitarian law.
Sutton, Rebecca. Research Handbook on Law and Emotion. ed. Susan A. Bandes; Jody Lyneé Madeira; Kathryn D. Temple; Emily Kidd White. Edward Elgar, 2021. p. 477-491 (Research Handbooks in Legal Theory).
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Emotion Bites: A Starter Guide to Teaching Emotional Intelligence in the Law School Classroom 
Sutton, Rebecca. (March 15, 2021)
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