International Human Rights Law and Non-State Armed Groups: The (De)Construction of an International Legal Discourse

Research Handbook on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law: Further Reflections and Perspectives, Robert Kolb, Gloria Gaggioli and Pavle Kilibarda (eds.), Edward Elgar, Forthcoming

23 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2020

Date Written: February 23, 2020

Abstract

This chapter explores the way in which the discourse related to the application of international human rights law (IHRL) to non-State armed groups (NSAGs) is being constructed by numerous scholars and institutions. Although it is undisputed that NSAGs have an impact on the civilian population in the various conflict settings to which they are party, the actual reasons why this discourse is being articulated and who is undertaking this task remain insufficiently explored. As international law does not exist in an intellectual vacuum, an examination of these issues may serve to better comprehend the purpose and goals of IHRL in armed conflict as understood by scholars and institutions, together with certain legal interactions that often remain unseen.

Keywords: Non-State Armed Groups, International Human Rights Law, International Law, International Legal Discourse, International Humanitarian Law

JEL Classification: K00, K33, K19, K30

Suggested Citation

Heffes, Ezequiel, International Human Rights Law and Non-State Armed Groups: The (De)Construction of an International Legal Discourse (February 23, 2020). Research Handbook on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law: Further Reflections and Perspectives, Robert Kolb, Gloria Gaggioli and Pavle Kilibarda (eds.), Edward Elgar, Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3542942

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