Humanitarian Action: Global, Regional and Domestic Legal Responses

Zwitter, A. , Lamont, C. , Heinze, H-J. , & Herman, J. (Eds.) (2014). Humanitarian Action: Global, Regional and Domestic Legal Responses . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper 2015/16

26 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2015 Last revised: 30 Apr 2015

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Andrej Zwitter

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law; Political Sciences

Christopher Lamont

University of Groningen, Department of International Relations and International Organization

Hans-Joachim Heintze

Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict

Joost Herman

Globalisation Studies Groningen

Date Written: November 21, 2014

Abstract

Humanitarian assistance occurs when local or regional crises prompt international action to alleviate human suffering. In contrast to development aid, humanitarian aid is defined by its short-term focus and the immediacy of intervention. Given its crisis management character, humanitarian assistance presents a pressing challenge for international law because the provision of assistance operates under circumstances which depart from common state-centric understandings of how inter- national politics and international law usually work.

To be sure, in the context of humanitarian emergencies processes of inter-state negotiation and consensus-building are dramatically limited by the urgency of the need to assist populations vulnerable to the consequences of natural disaster or armed conflict. Humanitarian Action: Global, Regional and Domestic Legal Responses directly responds to this pressing challenge by providing the first in-depth exploration of legal problems posed by contemporary humanitarian practice. Through two points of departure – one which explores the law and politics of humanitarian action, and the second which explores normative frameworks – this book provides legal professionals, scholars and policy-makers with a unique multidisciplinary resource that will help inform the theory and practice of humanitarian assistance.

Keywords: Humanitarian Action, International Humanitarian Law, Public International Law, International Law, Politics, International Relations

JEL Classification: K33,

Suggested Citation

Zwitter, Andrej and Lamont, Christopher and Heintze, Hans-Joachim and Herman, Joost, Humanitarian Action: Global, Regional and Domestic Legal Responses (November 21, 2014). Zwitter, A. , Lamont, C. , Heinze, H-J. , & Herman, J. (Eds.) (2014). Humanitarian Action: Global, Regional and Domestic Legal Responses . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.; University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper 2015/16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2553750

Andrej Zwitter (Contact Author)

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )

9700 AS Groningen
Netherlands

Political Sciences ( email )

9700 AS Groningen
Netherlands

Christopher Lamont

University of Groningen, Department of International Relations and International Organization ( email )

P.O. Box 716
9700 AS
Groningen
Netherlands

Hans-Joachim Heintze

Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict ( email )

Bochum
Germany

Joost Herman

Globalisation Studies Groningen ( email )

P.O. Box 716
9700 AS
Groningen
Netherlands

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