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.
26 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2015 Last revised: 30 Apr 2015
Date Written: November 21, 2014
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,
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