The Applicability of General Principles and Instruments of International Law to Peace Missions of the European Union
Cleer Working Paper Series 2012/6
18 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2013 Last revised: 11 Apr 2013
Date Written: December 1, 2012
This paper focuses on the applicability of general international law principles and instruments to European Union (EU) peace missions (also known as crisis management operations). First, the paper shall address the legal framework applicable to EU peace missions, including general principles and instruments of international human rights and humanitarian law. Subsequently, the focus will shift to difficulties which arise in this regard, before providing some concluding remarks. Evidently, in view of the nature of peace missions, the most relevant general principles and instruments applicable are those pertaining to international human rights and international humanitarian law. Although not discussed here, general principles applying to internally displaced persons (IDPs) are also relevant.
Keywords: general international law principles and instruments, European Union (EU) peace missions
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