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UN Peacekeeping Operations and the Protection of Civilians
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  • Author: Conor Foley, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
  • Date Published: September 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108416245


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About the Authors
  • This book is based on the author's experience of working for more than two decades in over thirty conflict and post-conflict zones. It is written for those involved in UN peacekeeping and the protection of civilians. It is intended to be accessible to non-lawyers working in the field who may need to know the applicable legal standards relating to issues such as the use of force and arrest and detention powers on the one hand and the delivery of life-saving assistance according to humanitarian principles on the other. It will also be of interest to scholars and students of peacekeeping, international law and international relations on the practical dilemmas facing those trying to operationalise the various conceptions of 'protection' during humanitarian crises in recent years.

    • Accessible to non-lawyers working in the field who may need to know the applicable legal standards
    • Discusses experience working in conflict zones during humanitarian crises, 'under the radar' of standard academic discourse
    • Weaves disparate branches of international law together and provides a holistic approach to the development of a new normative principle
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108416245
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Relationship between 'Protection' and 'Peacekeeping':
    1. Laws and wars and rights and wrongs: the general international legal framework relevant to protection
    2. The evolution and conceptual development of UN peacekeeping and the protection of civilians
    3. Competing conceptions: the protection of civilians in UN peacekeeping operations
    Part II. The Applicable Legal Framework Governing the Use of Force for Protective Purposes:
    4. The 'protection provisions' of international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law
    5. The UN's legal authority and obligations to protect civilians
    Part III. Protection of Civilians Mandates in Four Contemporary Case-Study Missions:
    6. Peacekeeping or war-fighting: the UN missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Côte d'Ivoire
    7. 'Acting with moral courage': the UN missions to Darfur and South Sudan conclusions

  • Author

    Conor Foley, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
    Conor Foley has worked on legal reform and protection issues for a variety of United Nations and non-governmental human rights and humanitarian organisations, including the UN Department of Peacekeeping UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN High Commission for Refugees, UN-Habitat, Amnesty International, Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), International Rescue Committee, Oxfam and the Norwegian Refugee Council. He has worked in over twenty-five conflict and post-conflict zones including Aceh, Afghanistan, Angola, Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Darfur, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Indonesia, Kosovo, Liberia, Macedonia, Malawi, Mozambique, Peru, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Tajikistan, Timor Leste, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe. He is a Visiting Professor at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, and his previous books include The Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War (2010), Protecting Brazilians against Torture (2013), Another System Is Possible: Reforming Brazilian Justice, (2012), Human Rights, Human Wrongs: The Alternative Report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (1995), and Legion of the Rearguard: The IRA and the Modern Irish State (1992).

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