Humanitarian Assistance and the Conundrum of Consent: A Legal Perspective

Amsterdam Law Forum, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 5-19, 2013

15 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2013

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Cedric Ryngaert

Utrecht University School of Law (the Netherlands)

Date Written: June 29, 2013

Abstract

Syria’s refusal to allow humanitarian actors to provide assistance to the Syrian population in need, at least on a number of occasions, has again drawn attention to the continued validity of the requirement of state consent with regard to the outside provision of humanitarian assistance. This refusal to give consent has again foregrounded such questions as to whether a state’s denial of access is an entirely discretionary decision and whether humanitarian actors can provide assistance without obtaining consent to operate.

Keywords: state consent, humanitarian assistance, aid refusal, non-governmental humanitarian actors, refusal, access, relief operation, Syria

Suggested Citation

Ryngaert, Cedric, Humanitarian Assistance and the Conundrum of Consent: A Legal Perspective (June 29, 2013). Amsterdam Law Forum, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 5-19, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2293349

Cedric Ryngaert (Contact Author)

Utrecht University School of Law (the Netherlands) ( email )

3508 TC Utrecht
Utrecht
Netherlands

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