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

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198729266

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729266.001.0001

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A History and Conceptual Development of the Protection of Civilians

A History and Conceptual Development of the Protection of Civilians

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Protection of Civilians

Ralph Mamiya

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the historical evolution of civilian protection concepts. It considers key developmental drivers and explores the various modern conceptions of civilian protection, comparing and contrasting how it is understood and applied in humanitarian, human rights, and military contexts. The chapter contrasts the conception and practice of the protection of civilians during the inter-war period, which focused heavily on neutral and impartial action, with the concept and practice latterly developed by the Security Council, incorporating greater focus on international human rights law and the use of force. It concludes by examining the responsibility to protect and the use of protection-of-civilians language in the Security Council resolution authorising the 2011 intervention in Libya.

Keywords:   protection of civilians, historical evolution, key developments in international law, humanitarian law, human rights law, military responsibility

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