Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention: Law and Practice in the Field (Global Institutions)

Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention: Law and Practice in the Field (Global Institutions)

By: Elizabeth M. Bruch (author)Hardback

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Human rights, peace operations, and humanitarian intervention have emerged in recent decades as important components of international law and practice. Humanitarian intervention is often justified in the name of human rights and the rule of law, but there has been little empirical study of the institutions and individuals conducting the work of human rights and the rule of law in the field. This book offers an important and innovative analysis of law and expertise in humanitarian peace operations. It explores humanitarian intervention through the practices of international human rights experts in UN and other inter-governmental organization (IGO) field missions and the key legal texts that authorize and direct their work. As humanitarian intervention seems increasingly likely to become a permanent fixture of international relations, there is a growing need for critical examination of the practices of intervention and peace operations. This book engages with law, social theory and ethnographic insights to offer a complex and nuanced explanation of humanitarian intervention based upon a multi-dimensional understanding of law and power. Through a combination of expert interviews and textual sources, the author examines law in its everyday - yet exceptional - context of humanitarian intervention.

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Elizabeth M. Bruch is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Tacoma. She previously taught at the University of British Columbia, and on the law faculty at American University's Washington College of Law, Arizona State University College of Law, and Valparaiso University School of Law. She also worked as a human rights lawyer and served for two years as the Executive Officer of the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Introduction 1 Multi-dimensional law in humanitarian intervention: violence, bureaucracy, and governance 2 Power in writing: formal law, mandates, and reports in humanitarian intervention 3 Law in translation: human rights field officers as international experts 4 The rule of law in the field: standards, politics, and pragmatism Conclusion Appendix: Research and expertise in the field of humanitarian intervention

Product Details

  • publication date: 25/05/2016
  • ISBN13: 9781138190559
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 204
  • ID: 9781138190559
  • weight: 374
  • ISBN10: 1138190551

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