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Cecilia Marcela Bailliet and Kjetil Mujezinovic Larsen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722731

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722731.001.0001

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United Nations Peace Operations and International Law

United Nations Peace Operations and International Law

What Kind of Law Promotes What Kind of Peace?

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Promoting Peace Through International Law

Kjetil Mujezinović Larsen

Oxford University Press

The chapter discusses the notion of ‘peace’ in international peace operations with a mandate from the United Nations Security Council, and how international law promotes or prevents the achievement of such peace. The chapter shows that international peace operations generally pursue a ‘liberal peace’, and how this general concept is translated into concrete functions in particular operations. The chapter shows that the UN Charter and international law in general do little to promote peace through the creation of peace-building or other peace operations, since they neither require nor encourage such creation even though it is permitted. The chapter discusses further how international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and other regimes that regulate the conduct of personnel may contribute to the achievement of peace in peace operations.

Keywords:   peace operations, UN Charter, peace-building, international humanitarian law, human rights law

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