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Non-State Actors and International Obligations

Creation, Evolution and Enforcement

Edited by James Summers and Alex Gough

Non-State Actors and International Obligations examines the contribution and relevance of non-state actors in the creation and implementation of international obligations. These actors have traditionally been marginalised within international law and ambiguities remain over their precise role. Nonetheless, they have become increasingly important in legal regimes as participants in their implementation and enforcement, and as potential holders of duties themselves. Chapters from academics and practitioners investigate different aspects of this relationship, including the sources of obligations, their implementation, human rights aspects, dispute settlement, responsibility and legal accountability.

Editor-in-Chief Malgosia Fitzmaurice

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Edited by Gregory Rose and Bruce Oswald

Detention of Non-State Actors engaged in Hostilities: The Future Law explores legal dilemmas facing detention management during military missions overseas. Armed forces increasingly find themselves facing non-international armed conflict with non-state actors, such as insurgents, terrorists or other civilians, whom they might be permitted to kill or capture in some circumstances.

The book considers the legal powers of military forces to apprehend non-State actors and to hold them in ongoing detention or to transfer them to judicial authorities for prosecution. It deals with both theoretical approaches and practical case studies concerning management and treatment of detainees. It concludes by synthesizing the options and delivering a detailed set of guidelines that are proposed as emerging norms for the detention of non-state actors in an armed conflict.

Abu Bakarr Bah

referred to as state actors, non-state actors and victims, such a distinction does not provide sufficient clarity for examining the peacekeeping dimension of civil wars. Peacekeeping and its concomitant peacebuilding process involve many actors whose roles are often not well-defined. Such actors include

Harro van Asselt

last question, it has been suggested that non-state actors should be assigned a clear role in review processes. 12 The role of non-state actors in international (environmental) review processes has long been acknowledged. 13 In many realms, including the unfccc , they have helped to hold states to

Yaël Ronen

in the status of non-state actors as international persons. Among the international dispute settlement mechanisms, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) presents what are probably the greatest challenges to non-state actors’ participation, since it traditionally rests so heavily on the inter-state

Randolph Mank

divisible sovereignty. Its real history is much more complex than that, of course, but there is little doubt that it unleashed a sense of empowerment among what we might today call ‘non-state actors’ in domestic politics. In the international realm, 400 years later the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 ended

Teresa La Porte

, have brought about significant changes, including the advent of other actors, which are referred to here by the generic term ‘non-state’ and also have interests on the world stage. 4 We have also witnessed massive migration movements and the expansion of new communication technologies, which have

Non-State Actors and the Evolution of Humanitarian Norms

Implications of the Sphere Charter in Health and Nutrition Relief

Shahla Ali and Tom Kabau

need for a common set of standards and guiding principles for humanitarian health assistance. Although States bear primary responsibility for providing humanitarian assistance in the health and nutrition sector, in recent years, non-State actors have become significant participants and recognized the

Nur Uysal

assume that the state is in control and initiates communication aimed at publics, specifically foreign publics. Even with the rise of non-state actors, publics are often assumed to be the targets of public diplomacy. 1 In this state-centric equation between state and non-state actors, the attributes of