The Accountability of Armed Groups: A Roadmap for Further Thought

Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 2016, Vol 9, Chapter 6

32 Pages Posted: 13 May 2019

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Katharine Fortin

Utrecht University - School of Law

Date Written: April 12, 2016

Abstract

This chapter investigates the meaning of the term “accountability”, as it is used in policy discussions surrounding armed groups. It takes a detailed look at literature from public administration on the concept of accountability and applies it to the various accountability mechanisms that evaluate the conduct of armed groups against international norms. In doing so, the chapter points out some of the shortcomings of some of these accountability mechanisms. It ends by examining some of the more innovative accountability models, such as the process created by Geneva Call and the ad hoc processes created by the UNAMA field office in Afghanistan vis-à-vis the Taliban.

Keywords: accountability, UNAMA, Geneva Call, armed groups

Suggested Citation

Fortin, Katharine, The Accountability of Armed Groups: A Roadmap for Further Thought (April 12, 2016). Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 2016, Vol 9, Chapter 6, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3370984 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3370984

Katharine Fortin (Contact Author)

Utrecht University - School of Law ( email )

3508 TC Utrecht
Utrecht
Netherlands

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