Protecting Civilians: The Obligations of Troops in International Law

Hardcover | January 5, 2009

bySiobhan Wills

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This book examines the obligations of troops to prevent serious abuses of human rights towards civilians under international humanitarian law and international human rights law. It analyses the duty to intervene to stop the commission of serious abuses of human rights by analysing the meaningand practical consequences for troops, in terms of civilian protection, of the Article 1 duty to respect and ensure respect for the Geneva Conventions; of the duty to secure human rights (found in most international human rights treaties); and of the duty to restore law and order in an occupation. The book also analyzes the extent of troops' obligations to provide protection in light of various different operational and legal contexts in and discusses 'grey areas' and lacuna of coverage. A discussion of whether new approaches are needed, for example where operations are undertaken explicitlyto protect people from serious violations of their human rights follows; and the book concludes by offering some guidelines for troops faced with such violations.

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This book examines the obligations of troops to prevent serious abuses of human rights towards civilians under international humanitarian law and international human rights law. It analyses the duty to intervene to stop the commission of serious abuses of human rights by analysing the meaningand practical consequences for troops, in te...

Siobhan Wills is a College Lecturer at University College Cork
Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:January 5, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199533873

ISBN - 13:9780199533879

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Table of CasesTables of TreatiesTables of UN ResolutionsAbbreviationsIntroduction1. The Changing Nature of Peacekeeping and the Development of the Concept of the 'International Responsibility to Protect'Part I: The Responsibility to Protect2. The Extent to Which Military Forces have a 'Responsibility to Protect' under International Humanitarian Law3. The Extent to Which Military Forces have a 'Responsibility to Protect' under International Human Rights LawPart II: The Applicability of Occupation Law4. The Applicability of Occupation Law to Peace Support and Other Multi-national Operations5. Conclusion