Peacemaking, the Law of Armed Conflict, and Territories Effectively Controlled by Non-State Armed Actors

TitlePeacemaking, the Law of Armed Conflict, and Territories Effectively Controlled by Non-State Armed Actors
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsC., MMuller Q
InstitutionCentre for Humanitarian Dialogue
CityGeneva
Abstract

In this paper, Mark Muller Q.C. explores emerging international and state practice towards territories under the control of armed non-state actors in conflict-affected states. He looks at how the search for peace and humanitarian action have been adversely affected by a rigid interpretation of the laws surrounding armed conflict and by state sensitivities over the conferring of any legal recognition on non-state armed actors.

Drawing on examples from Syria, Yemen, Libya and Afghanistan, Mr Muller aims to provide peacemakers, policymakers and humanitarians with an introduction to the subject and emerging practice. The paper hopes to clarify issues and lay the foundations for a much-needed debate among mediators, diplomats, legal professionals and humanitarian practitioners operating in this area.

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