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The International Legal Protection of Persons in Humanitarian Crises

Exploring the Acquis Humanitaire

By: Dug Cubie
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Published: 20-04-2017
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 400
ISBN: 9781509904037
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Studies in International Law
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About The International Legal Protection of Persons in Humanitarian Crises

The instinctual desire to support those in need, irrespective of geographic, cultural or religious links, is both facilitated and overwhelmed by the extent of information now available about the multiple humanitarian crises which occur on a daily basis around the world. Behind the images of devastating floods and earthquakes, or massive forced displacements resulting from armed conflicts, is the all too real suffering faced by individuals and families. From the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami to the on-going conflict in Syria, recent years have seen an increasing debate regarding the international legal mechanisms to protect persons in such humanitarian crises.

The International Legal Protection of Persons in Humanitarian Crises
argues that an acquis humanitaire is identifiable through the interconnected web of existing and emerging international, regional and national laws, policies and practices for the protection of persons caught up in humanitarian crises. Indeed, the humanitarian imperative to alleviate suffering wherever it may be found permeates various branches of international law, and is reflected in the extensive humanitarian activities undertaken by States and other actors in times of armed conflict, population displacement and disaster. Dug Cubie argues that by clarifying the conceptual framework and normative content of the acquis humanitaire, gaps and lacunae can be identified and the overall protection of persons strengthened.

Table Of Contents

Part I: Conceptual Framework
1. Setting the Scene: Humanitarianism in Context
2. Defining the Acquis Humanitaire
3. Protection of Persons in Humanitarian Crises
4. Strengthening the Web of International Legal Protection

Part II: Normative Content of the Acquis Humanitaire
5. International Human Rights Law
6. Law of Armed Conflict
7. International Criminal Law
8. International Disaster Laws
9. Refugee and Displaced Persons Law

Part III: Concluding Observations
10. Crystallisation of a General Right to Humanitarian Assistance
11. Future Development of the Acquis Humanitaire


“Cubie's monograph pulls together the different strands of international law in the face of ever-complex humanitarian crises to shape a well-thought out and sober approach to humanitarian action. The valuable contribution this book makes to the number of fields it touches upon is clear, but it also potentially provides a pivot point for our legal and practical continuum as an international community in how we respond to some of the greatest challenges we face as the human race.” –  Luke Moffett, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast, The Irish Yearbook of International Law 2016–17

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