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Peacekeeping and International Law

White, Nigel D.


Professor of Public International Law


Joachim Koops

Norrie MacQueen

Thierry Tardy

Paul D. Williams


This chapter examines United Nations peacekeeping operations within the framework of international law, particularly in respect of the use of force. After providing an overview of the constitutional, institutional, and normative frameworks that governs peacekeeping, it looks at some of the laws applicable to peacekeeping operations. It then considers explicit civilian protection mandates under the UN Charter in relation to the legality of the use of force in peacekeeping operations. The chapter also discusses the three norms on which UN peacekeeping is traditionally based: consent, impartiality, and defensive use of force. Finally, the chapter considers whether international humanitarian law or international human rights law is applicable to the conduct of peacekeepers when performing their functions, before concluding with an assessment of laws and remedies in terms of access to justice for victims of human rights violations.


White, N. D. (2015). Peacekeeping and International Law. In N. MacQueen, T. Tardy, J. Koops, & P. D. Williams (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (43-59). Oxford University Press.

Publication Date Jul 9, 2015
Deposit Date Nov 30, 2018
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 43-59
Book Title The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations
ISBN 9780199686049
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