By all means necessaryProtecting civilians and preventing mass atrocities in Africa

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Recent times have witnessed civilians increasingly becoming the main casualties of violence, often deliberately targeted rather than merely caught up in the midst of the fighting in armed conflicts, leading to an unacceptably high toll on human life and livelihoods of civilians around the globe, and particularly in Africa.

Recent times have witnessed civilians increasingly becoming the main casualties of violence, often deliberately targeted rather than merely caught up in the midst of the fighting in armed conflicts, leading to an unacceptably high toll on human life and livelihoods of civilians around the globe, and particularly in Africa.
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, with the assistance of the United States Africa Command through the Africa Military Law Forum, on 18 and 19 September 2014 hosted a ‘Colloquium on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict’, in Pretoria, bringing together over 80 academics, judges, practitioners, policy makers, military personnel, government officials and other commentators.

The aim of the Colloquium was to consider the legal, procedural and practical challenges in the implementation of measures to protect civilians in armed conflicts and prevent mass atrocities.
Participants examined the notions of the ‘responsibility to protect’ (and its relationship to article 4(h) of the Constitutive Act of the African Union) and the ‘protection of civilians’. They further examined the scope and effectiveness of states’ obligations under international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and the law relating to the protection of women, girls, children, internally displaced persons, refugees and other vulnerable populations in armed conflict.

This publication, By all means necessary: Protecting civilians and preventing mass atrocities in Africa, consists of the papers presented at the Colloquium, which were subsequently peer-reviewed and reworked, and updated. The Colloquium and this publication were sponsored by the Norwegian Government, through its Embassy in Pretoria.

 

Dan Kuwali and Frans Viljoen

Dan Kuwali is an Extraordinary Professor at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria; Distinguished Professor of Law and International Affairs, University of Lilongwe; Member of the Institute of International Humanitarian Law, Sanremo, Italy; Fellow, Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; and Senior Fellow, R2P Scholars Network, Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Canada. He has been a Research Fellow at the Danish Institute of International Legal Studies in Copenhagen; Marie Curie Researcher, the Grotius Centre, Leiden University in The Hague; Guest Researcher, Nordic African Institute, Uppsala in Sweden and until recently, Senior Researcher, Centre for Conflict Resolution, University of Cape Town. He worked as a Division Legal Advisor, at the then United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is one of the editors of the African Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law and correspondent of the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law.

 

Frans Viljoen is the Director of the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. He is a Professor of human rights law and the Academic Coordinator of the LLM (Human rights and democratisation in Africa), offered by the Centre. He is the editor-in-chief of the African Human Rights Law Journal. In 2014 he published Africa and the responsibility to protect: Article 4(h) of the African Constitutive Act (Routledge), which he co-edited with Dan Kuwali. He is also author of International human rights law in Africa (Oxford) published in 2012.

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Weight 0.900 kg
Dimensions 24.6 x 15.4 x 2.6 cm
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Pages

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0.900 kg

PublisherPretoria University Law Press (PULP) Publication Date01/05/2017

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