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Protecting CiviliansThe Obligations of Peacekeepers$
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Siobhán Wills

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533879

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533879.001.0001

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The Applicability of Occupation Law to Peacekeeping and other Multi-national Operations

The Applicability of Occupation Law to Peacekeeping and other Multi-national Operations

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(p.171) 4 The Applicability of Occupation Law to Peacekeeping and other Multi-national Operations
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Protecting Civilians
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Siobhán Wills

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533879.003.0004

International law recognizes no relationship of a general nature between the inhabitants of territory in which a foreign military forces is deployed, and the State or organization that has deployed the force, although. The State or organization concerned may nevertheless have obligations towards the local population under IHL and international human rights law. However, where a State is in occupation of territory outside its own borders as a result of armed conflict, there is an extensive body of law governing the relationship between the occupant and the people of the occupied territory, focussed on Geneva Convention IV Relative to the Protection of Civilians in Time of War, 1949 (Geneva Convention IV). This chapter explores the extent to which this body of occupation law applies to peacekeeping and other multi-national operations that differ from belligerent occupation as traditionally conceived.

Keywords:   occupation, Hague regulations, civilian convention, war crimes, transitional administration, Somalia, Iraq, Kosovo

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