The Handbook of the Law of Visiting Forces

Hardcover | June 15, 2001

EditorDieter Fleck

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International efforts to implement and further develop military partnership programs have stressed the need to elaborate clear status provisions for military and civilian personnel of foreign armed forces in a receiving State. This handbook evaluates existing experience in State practice anddescribes options for further legal development. It offers a perception of the immunity of foreign armed forces based on historic developments and current treaties with a view to the question whether rules of customary law are evolving in this respect. As a joint effort of internationally renownedexperts the handbook provides an up-to-date commentary on applicable status law provisions as contained in the NATO Status of Forces Agreement of 1951 (NATO SOFA), which was adapted more recently by the Partnership for Peace Status of Forces Agreement of 1995 (PfP SOFA), and the Paris Protocol of1952 on NATO Military Headquarters. Case studies describe and evaluate specific practice in Germany, Japan, Korea, and Russia. The legal status of Red Cross delegates and headquarters agreements of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the status of UN Peacekeeping Forces and lessonslearned in the former Yugoslavia are discussed in separate Chapters. The concluding Chapter is devoted to the legal situation of visiting forces in an operational environment. Annexes provide the texts of key legal instruments of NATO and the United Nations, including the relevant arrangements forthe Stabilisation Force (SFOR) in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the International Security Force in Kosovo (KFOR).

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International efforts to implement and further develop military partnership programs have stressed the need to elaborate clear status provisions for military and civilian personnel of foreign armed forces in a receiving State. This handbook evaluates existing experience in State practice anddescribes options for further legal developm...

Dieter Fleck is Director of the International Agreements and Policy, Federal Ministry of Defence, Germany

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:672 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.54 inPublished:June 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Historical Developments Influencing the Present Law of Visiting Forces3. Multinational Units4. Present and Future Challenges for the Status of Forces (ius in praesentia) [A commentary to applicable status law provisions]5. International Military Headquarters6. Case Study: The Development of the Law of Stationing Forces in Germany: Five Decades of Multilateral Co-peration7. Case Study: United Forces in Japan--A Bilateral Experience8. Case Study: Russian Forces in the Commonwealth of Independent States9. Case Study: Visiting Forces in Korea10. The International Committee of the Red Cross--Legal Status and Headquarters Agreements11. The UN Peacekeeping Experience12. Lessons learned in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia13. Visiting Forces in an Operational ContextAnnexesIndex

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`An extensive contents page compensates for the somewhat scant index. The use of extensive footnoting is also welcomed as a favoured alternative to annoying end, or in-text notes.'International Peacekeeping