Ius in Bello is the Latin for “Law of War,” a set of moral principles that regulate confrontation. These implicit and explicit pacts must be honored during conflict. Inspired by the socio-political confrontations in Venezuela beginning in February 2014, Ius in Bello is my response to the violent repression executed by the government against civilian protesters, costing lives and the demonstrating a continuous violation of human rights. Longing of times of peace and prosperity, the piece engages with dream-like sections in which color saturated imagery of a perfect future is tinted with crispy dissonances. Premiered by JACK Quartet members John Pickford and Ari Streisfeld with Adrianne Pope, Zan Berry, and Thiago Ancelmo, at the New Music on the Point 2014 Festival. In 2016 it was rearranged for Pierrot Ensemble.