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International Law and Governance of Natural Resources in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations

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Part of Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law

  • Date Published: December 2018
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107474819

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  • Natural resource wealth is conducive to a country's development. Nevertheless, the last few decades have shown a harsher reality, where natural resources have also triggered, financed or fuelled a number of internal armed conflicts. Examples include the armed conflicts in Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which have been financed with the exploitation of a variety of valuable natural resources, including diamonds, gold, timber, oil and cocoa. The aim of this book is to assess the contribution of international law in ensuring that natural resources are used to promote development and to achieve sustainable peace instead of financing armed conflict. For this purpose, the author discusses the international legal framework for the governance of natural resources in States in general, in situations of armed conflict and as part of conflict resolution and post-conflict peacebuilding efforts.

    • Analyses the problem of 'conflict resources' from an international law perspective, thereby adding to the existing body of political and economic studies into this problem
    • Analyses the international legal regime for the governance of natural resources in all phases of an armed conflict, and provides insights for conflict prevention, containment, resolution and post-conflict peacebuilding
    • Examines resource-related armed conflicts from the perspective of multiple fields of international law, including international humanitarian law, international environmental law, international human rights law and the law on the use of force
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    'The purpose of Dam-de Jong's volume goes beyond early efforts to develop a more coherent regulatory framework for the exploitation of natural resources in armed conflict. … In this regard, the book is topical, original, and it fills a gap in the literature. … [Dam-de Jong's] balanced conclusion is the result of a comprehensive, rigorous inquiry that highlights the strengths of the existing international legal framework and practice, as well as its inconsistencies and limitations.' Eliana Cusato, Asian Journal of International Law

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    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107474819
    • length: 532 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • weight: 0.682kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. The Legal Framework for the Governance of Natural Resources in States:
    2. Defining the right of peoples and States to freely exploit their natural resources: permanent sovereignty over natural resources
    3. A closer look at peoples as subjects and beneficiaries of the principle of permanent sovereignty over natural resources
    4. Environmental law obligations relevant for the governance of natural resources
    Part II. The Governance of Natural Wealth and Resources in Situations of Armed Conflict:
    5. The role of international human rights and environmental law in situations of armed conflict
    6. Protection of natural resources and the environment under international humanitarian law
    Part III. The Governance of Natural Resources as Part of Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding Efforts:
    7. The UN Security Council and Resource-related Armed Conflicts
    8. Addressing resource-related armed conflicts with informal normative processes
    9. The contribution of international law to addressing the challenges ensuing from resource-related armed conflicts.

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    Daniëlla Dam-de Jong, Universiteit Leiden
    Daniëlla Dam-de Jong is an assistant professor at the Department of Public International Law and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands. Her research interests include international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international environmental law and the law on the use of force.

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