Leuven manual on the international law applicable to peace operations

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  • "The Leuven Manual is the authoritative, comprehensive overview of the rules that are to be followed in peace operations conducted by the United Nations, the European Union, NATO, the African Union and other organisations, with detailed commentary on best practice in relation to those rules. Topics covered include human rights, humanitarian law, gender aspects, the use of force and detention by peacekeepers, the protection of civilians, and the relevance of the laws of the host State. The international group of expert authors includes leading academics, together with military officers and policy officials with practical experience in contemporary peace operations, supported in an individual capacity by input from experts working for the UN, the African Union, NATO, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. This volume is intended to be of assistance to states and international organisations involved in the planning and conduct of peace operations, and practitioners and academia"--
  • "In 2011 the Managing Board and Board of Directors of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War took the decision to ask a Group of Experts to draft a Manual on the International Law Applicable to Peace Operations. Over the years the project generated academic activities across the globe: we discussed the international law applicable to Peace Operations notably at our events in Cameroon, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Peru"--


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Part I. Introduction -- Scope of the Manual -- Short history of the law of peace operations -- Part II. Applicable legal framework for conducting peace operations and how the regimes relate to each other -- The Mandate -- Organisation-specific legal framework and procedures -- The applicability of international human rights law in peace operations -- The applicability of international humanitarian law in peace operations -- Implementing a gender perspective -- Status of forces and status of mission -- Host state law -- Sending state law -- Troop contributing country memorandums of understanding and other instruments and regulations -- Part III. Conducting a United Nations (Mandated) peace operation -- The use of force -- Detention -- The protection of civilians -- Aerial and maritime dimensions of peace operations -- Monitoring compliance in the field of conduct and discipline -- Promotion of the rule of law -- Demining and removal of explosive remnants -- Part IV. Accountability and Responsibility -- Accountability and responsibility in peace operations -- Third party claims -- Individual criminal responsibility and international criminal justice in relation to peace operations
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