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Towards a Regime of Responsibility of Armed Groups in International Law

Book | 1st edition 2020 | World | Laura Inigo Alvarez

Armed groups have played a predominant role in the violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law committed in conflict settings. The increase in the number of non-international armed conflicts during the past decades has emphasised the need to address the multiple legal challenges posed by the actions of armed groups. In particular, there is considerable uncertainty regarding the framework of responsibility for armed groups in international law. While much has been written regarding their international (primary) obligations, the possibility of developing a responsibility framework for armed groups under international law has been underexplored. Consequently, the aim of this book is to examine how the principles of international responsibility could be developed and adjusted to account for armed groups as collective entities.

This general aim has been divided into three specific objectives. First, the book analyses the concept of responsibility in international law and assesses the legal and practical reasons in favour of developing such a regime for armed groups. Second, it examines the viability of establishing a responsibility regime for armed groups based on rules of attribution. Third, it explores the possible legal consequences of responsibility applicable to armed groups, with a particular focus on the obligation to provide reparations to victims. In doing so, this book will argue that certain non-traditional sources of international law could be used to interpret and adapt international law to the current conditions of contemporary armed conflict.

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9781839700040 / 9781839700057
Series name Human Rights Research Series
Weight 445 g
Status Available
Number of pages xiv + 247 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Jul 2, 2020
Available on Jurisquare No
Available on Strada Belgique No
Available on Strada Europe No
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  • Table of Contents and Preliminary Pages
    Laura Inigo Alvarez
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
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  • Chapter 2. The Necessity of a Responsibility Regime for Armed Groups in International Law
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  • Chapter 3. Developing a Responsibility Regime for Armed Groups in International Law
    Laura Inigo Alvarez
  • Chapter 4. Attribution of Conduct to Armed Groups
    Laura Inigo Alvarez
  • Chapter 5. The Obligation to Provide Reparations by Armed Groups
    Laura Inigo Alvarez
  • Chapter 6. Conclusions
    Laura Inigo Alvarez