Emanuela-Chiara Gillard contributes chapter to the Routledge Handbook of the Law of Armed Conflict

Emanuela-Chiara Gillard contributes chapter “Protection of Civilians in the Conduct of Hostilities” in the new Routledge Handbook of the Law of Armed Conflict. The chapter presents the rules regulating the conduct of hostilities that protect civilian populations. It outlines key principles and then touches upon key challenges in their application in practice in recent conflicts. […]

Taking Sides in Peacekeeping: Impartiality and the Future of the United Nations – a book by Emily Paddon Rhoads

United Nations peacekeeping has undergone radical transformation in the new millennium. Where it once was limited in scope and based firmly on consent of all parties, contemporary operations are now charged with penalizing spoilers of peace and protecting civilians from peril. Despite its more aggressive posture, practitioners and academics continue to affirm the vital importance of […]

Ruben Reike contributes book review to Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding

Ruben Reike contributes book review “The Struggle for Individual Criminal Accountability in a World of States: From “New” to “Credible” to “Rough” Justice” to the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. The article reviews the following three books: The Birth of the New Justice: The Internationalization of Crime and Punishment, 1919-1950 by Mark Lewis. Oxford: Oxford University Press, […]

The Role of the Security Council in Enhancing the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts – by Emanuela-Chiara Gillard and Julien Piacibello

‘The Role of the Security Council in Enhancing the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts‘, with Julien Piacibello, in A Participação de Portugal no Conselho de Segurança: 2011-2012, Instituto Diplomático/Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros (eds), 2015 This chapter outlines the increasing prominence given to the protection of civilians in the work of the Security Council since […]

Protection of civilians in armed conflict: bridging the gap between law and reality – HPG Policy Brief co-authored by Eva Svoboda and Emanuela-Chiara Gillard

Policy Brief – October 2015 – Eva Svoboda and Emanuela-Chiara Gillard Numerous laws- particularly International Humanitarian Law (IHL) – exist to protect civilians in conflicts by putting obligations on all parties to a conflict. At the same time, many NGOs have sought to mainstream protection in their programming. But conflicts continue to see systematic violations […]

The Responsibility to Prevent: Overcoming the Challenges of Atrocity Prevention – a book edited by Serena K. Sharma and Jennifer M. Welsh

Among the constitutive elements of the responsibility to protect (R2P), prevention has been deemed by many as the most important. Drawing on contributions from an international group of academics and practitioners, this book seeks to improve our knowledge of how to operationalize the responsibility to prevent genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and ethnic cleansing. The […]

Hugo Slim contributes opening chapter to the new Routledge Companion to Humanitarian Action

Hugo Slim contributes opening chapter “Wonderful Work: Globalizing the Ethics of Humanitarian Action” in the new Routledge Companion to Humanitarian Action. The chapter examines the expansion of global humanitarian action, its ethical focus on assisting and protecting the individual in armed conflict, and three strategic dilemmas that routinely arise. See

The “Responsibility to Prevent”: An International Crimes Approach to the Prevention of Mass Atrocities – by Ruben Reike

Ruben Reike Ethics & International Affairs 28(2) (2014) The full paper can be accessed here. On September 9, 2013, diplomats and civil society activists gathered in a ballroom in New York to welcome Jennifer Welsh as the UN Secretary-General’s new Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect (RToP). In her first public appearance on that […]