Armed Conflict and Displacement

Armed Conflict and Displacement : The Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons under International Humanitarian Law

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With 'displacement' as the guiding thread, the purpose of this study is twofold. Firstly, it derives from the relevant provisions of international humanitarian law a legal framework for the protection of displaced persons in armed conflict, both from and during displacement. It contains a case study on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the recent Advisory Opinion on the Separation Wall, and addresses such issues as humanitarian assistance for displaced persons, the treatment of refugees in the hands of a party to a conflict and the militarisation of refugee camps. Secondly, it examines the issue of displacement within the broader context of civilian war victims and identifies and addresses the normative gaps of international humanitarian law, including the inadequacy of concepts such as 'protected persons' and the persistence of the dichotomy between international and non-international armed conflicts, which is at odds with the realities of contemporary armed conflicts.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 113955803X
  • 9781139558037

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'[This study] holds the utmost importance since it adds a valuable approach to the literature on the protection of refugees and other displaced persons from the perspective of international humanitarian law ... for those interested in the protection of forced migrants caught in war, the monograph makes a remarkable contribution to the subject.' Tohouindji G. Christia Hessou, Journal of International Criminal Justice
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Table of contents

Introduction; 1. The prohibition of forced displacement in international armed conflicts; 2. The prohibition of forced movements of civilians in non-international armed conflicts; 3. Case study: Israel, the Separation Wall and displacement of civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory; 4. Forced displacement as an international crime; 5. The protection of refugees under international humanitarian law; 6. Internally displaced persons as civilian victims of war; 7. International humanitarian law and the protection of refugee and IDP camps; Concluding remarks.
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About Mélanie Jacques

Melanie Jacques is a visiting research fellow and teaching associate at Queen Mary, University of London, where her interests lie in the fields of public international law and international humanitarian law, with a particular emphasis on issues of forced migration.
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