The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law

The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law

by Francoise Bouchet-Saulnier
     
 

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Now in a comprehensively updated edition, this indispensable handbook analyzes how international humanitarian law has evolved in the face of these many new challenges. Central concerns include the war on terror, new forms of armed conflict and humanitarian action, the emergence of international criminal justice, and the reshaping of fundamental rules and consensus

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Now in a comprehensively updated edition, this indispensable handbook analyzes how international humanitarian law has evolved in the face of these many new challenges. Central concerns include the war on terror, new forms of armed conflict and humanitarian action, the emergence of international criminal justice, and the reshaping of fundamental rules and consensus in a multipolar world. The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law provides the precise meaning and content for over 200 terms such as terrorism, refugee, genocide, armed conflict, protection, peacekeeping, torture, and private military companies—words that the media has introduced into everyday conversation, yet whose legal and political meanings are often obscure. The Guide definitively explains the terms, concepts, and rules of humanitarian law in accessible and reader-friendly alphabetical entries. Written from the perspective of victims and those who provide assistance to them, the Guide outlines the dangers, spells out the law, and points the way toward dealing with violations of the law.

Entries are complemented by analysis of the decisions of relevant courts; detailed bibliographic references; addresses, phone numbers, and Internet links to the organizations presented; a thematic index; and an up-to-date list of the status of ratification of more than thirty international conventions and treaties concerning humanitarian law, human rights, refugee law, and international criminal law. This unprecedented work is an invaluable reference for policy makers and opinion leaders, students, relief workers, and members of humanitarian organizations.

Published in cooperation with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières.

Editorial Reviews

International Peacekeeping
This book sheds a refreshingly simple light on the intricacies of humanitarian law and the subtleties of such things as international relations, in so far as they bear upon the substantive legal issues. The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law both fills an important gap, and serves as a timely reminder that trees do in fact exist in the woods of humanitarian law. Therefore students ought to find this book useful as a supplement to their academic texts; 'coal-face' humanitarian workers, including many lawyers, may find it to be very valuable by way of a brief encyclopaedic reference; and academics at least a useful plain English quiver within their array of legalistic weapons. Bouchet-Saulnier is to be congratulated for this no-nonsense publication.
Choice
Under the sponsorship of the international relief organization Doctors without Borders, Bouchet-Saulnier has prepared a valuable guide to humanitarian law around the world. . . . This new edition contains nearly 180 topical entries arranged alphabetically. They are presented in an easy-to-use format with multiple subheadings and guides to further reading. The longest entries focus on compelling topics such as detention, genocide, international law, peacekeeping, prisoners of war, refugees, responsibility, and war crimes. . . . This book belongs in every law library . . . Recommended.
Michael Ignatieff
Anyone who works or lives in the world's zones of danger needs to have a practical knowledge of international humanitarian law. This guide is clear, accessible, and reliable. So it is invaluable.
David A. Hamburg M.D.
Unique. . . . As violent conflagrations erupt in many parts of the world, this book provides a very useful guide to exceedingly difficult territory, including the specific organizations and institutions that deal with these harsh problems. The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law is clear and not technical, yet precise and well documented. Altogether, it is a valuable contribution to our ceasless quest for a more compassionate humanity.
CHOICE
Under the sponsorship of the international relief organization Doctors without Borders, Bouchet-Saulnier has prepared a valuable guide to humanitarian law around the world. . . . This new edition contains nearly 180 topical entries arranged alphabetically. They are presented in an easy-to-use format with multiple subheadings and guides to further reading. The longest entries focus on compelling topics such as detention, genocide, international law, peacekeeping, prisoners of war, refugees, responsibility, and war crimes. . . . This book belongs in every law library . . . Recommended.
Humanitarian Affairs Reivew
There is no need to be a legal expert to read this reference work and find it useful. It is a mine of information, not only for humanitarian personnel, but also for anyone who—through media reports—has been sensitised to the problems associated with humanitarian aid (ethnic cleansing, refugees, etc.).
A book to be put in the hands of all future graduates in Humanitarian Affairs.
Journal Of Humanitarian Assistance
This is an excellent much-needed book—authoritative, succinct, comprehensive and practical. The book will certainly be invaluable for NGO workers, journalists, peacekeepers and others whose work brings them into contact with issues and situations which raise human rights issues, or who work in areas of repression and/or violent conflict. The work is not only full and detailed, it is set out with admirable clarity. For the combination of reliability and ease of use, it would be difficult to better this volume. In addition, The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law is an excellent study text and reference book. This book is indispensable and deserves the widest possible dissemination.
The New Observer
A valuable tool for defenders of human rights.
Le Monde
A work with terms so clear and precise it resembles a concise legislation.
Ouest-France
Here is a reference work that will really serve.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442221413
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/16/2013
Edition description:
Third English Language Edition
Pages:
832
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 2.00(d)

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Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier is the legal director of Médecins Sans Frontières.

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