Human rights lawyers have provided a crucial tool to help the international community understand the rules of war.
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Dr Daragh Murray
Syria’s protracted civil war, which has drawn in Russia and western allies, has had devastating consequences for the civilian population, while lawyers in the UK are embroiled in investigations into alleged military abuses by British servicemen during the Iraq war.
How should rights be protected in armed conflict situations, and who is accountable when those rights are abused? These are questions explored by our human rights experts who have played a crucial role in helping the international community make sense of this complex area of the law.
Published in 2016, the Practitioners’ Guide to Human Rights Law in Armed Conflicts the first comprehensive, practical guide to when and how human rights law should be applied during conflict.
It’s a crucial tool helping armed forces understand how to act within the law and uphold their integrity and professionalism.
The book gives an overview of the complexities of human rights law and its relationship with the law of armed conflict. It also provides detailed guidance on how the law applies to a range of specific situations including hostilities and targeting, weapons, prisoners of war and detention, occupation, and cyber operations.
"I doubt whether there is a more fast-moving or important area of the law than that which the authors of this book have tackled,” said Lord Philipps, former President of the Supreme Court.
"I doubt whether there is a more fast-moving or important area of the law than that which the authors of this book have tackled.”
Key issues of contention explored and explained include:
As well as serving indirectly as a guide to forces in the field, the Practitioners’ Guide to Human Rights Law provides guidance for:
Written by Dr Daragh Murray of Essex’s Human Rights Centre, in close collaboration with five consultant authors, three of whom are from Essex, the book is the outcome of a series of expert meetings, chaired between 2014 and 2016 by Elizabeth Wilmshurst, a Fellow at Chatham House.
Dapo Akande is Professor of Public International Law at the Blavatnik School of Government, a Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford and Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC).