This textbook examines a wide range of humanitarian action issues in five parts, presented by specialists from different academic fields. The respective parts reflect the five core modules of the International NOHA Joint Master's Programme "International Humanitarian Action": a) World Politics, b) International Law, c) Public Health, d) Anthropology, and e) Management. The book serves as a common basis for teaching at all NOHA universities and aims at imparting the basic knowledge and skills needed to excel in a complex interdisciplinary and international learning context. It provides in-depth information on key international humanitarian principles and values, professional codes of conduct, and the commitment to their implementation in practice. The book will thus be useful for all students of the NOHA Joint Master's Programme and participants of any courses with a similar content, but also for academics and practitioners affiliated with entities such as international organisations and NGOs. It may also serve as an introduction to anyone with an interest in understanding the numerous and inter-linked facets of humanitarian action.
Hans-Joachim Heintze is professor of International Law at the Ruhr University of Bochum. He studied law and published a doctoral thesis on the law of state succession. He joined the Ruhr University in 1990 and teaches at the Institute for International Law of peace and Armed Conflict and is the Bochum's Director of the European Master programme Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA). He belongs to the Boards of the European Master Programme Human Rights and Democratization (Venice) and the European Regional Master Programme Human Rights and Democratization in South East Europe (Sarajevo). His research interests are human rights, international humanitarian law and disaster response law. Pierre Thielboerger is professor of German Public Law and International Law at the Ruhr University of Bochum (RUB). He studied law in Hamburg, Berlin (Humboldt) and Montreal (McGill) and Public Policy in Cambridge, MA (Harvard) and wrote his PhD in international law at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. His last monograph concerns the emerging human right to water in international law. He joined the RUB in 2011 and teaches at the law faculty as well as at the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) whose Executive Director he is since 2014. He also serves as President of the General Assembly of the the European-wide Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA). His research interests are human rights, international humanitarian law, international environmental law, international criminal law as well as German constitutional law.