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Protection of Civilians

Haidi Willmot, Ralph Mamiya, Scott Sheeran, and Marc Weller


The protection of civilians is a highly topical issue, which has been at the forefront of international discourse and taken a prominent role in many international deployments during recent years. It has been at the centre of debates on the NATO intervention in Libya; UN deployments in Darfur, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and the failures of the international community in Sri Lanka and Syria. Variously described as a moral responsibility, a legal obligation, a mandated peacekeeping task, and the culmination of humanitarian activity, it has become a high-profile concern ... More

Keywords: protection of civilians, international relations, international law, armed conflict, diplomacy, use of force, peacekeeping, humanitarian, human rights, development

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198729266
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729266.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Haidi Willmot, editor
United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations

Ralph Mamiya, editor
Formerly Protections of Civilians Policy Adviser at the United Nations

Scott Sheeran, editor
Senior Lecturer, Director of the LLMs and MAs in International Human Rights, School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex

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Haidi Willmot, Ralph Mamiya, Scott Sheeran, and Marc Weller

Part I Conceptual and Historical Foundations

4 Protecting Civilians

Stian Kjeksrud, Jacob Aasland Ravndal, Andreas Øien Stensland,Cedric de Coning, and Walter Lotze1

Part II Legal Framework

Part III Politics and Practice

19 Community Self-protection

Aditi Gorur and Nils Carstensen


Haidi Willmot, Ralph Mamiya, Scott Sheeran, and Marc Weller

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