The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - 555 pages
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Definitions are often the first step toward granting or denying a person's rights. The Guide's aim is to provide precise meaning and content for terms such as "terrorism," "refugee," "genocide," and "intervention" terms that the media have introduced into everyday conversation, yet whose legal and political meanings are often obscure. The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law explains the terms, concepts, and rules of humanitarian law in accessible and reader-friendly alphabetical entries. Written from the perspective of victims and those who bring them assistance, the Guide outlines the dangers, spells out the law, and points the way toward dealing with violators and violations of the law. Entries in the Guide are complemented by detailed bibliographic references; addresses, phone numbers, and internet addresses of the organizations presented; a thematic index; and an up-to-date list of the status of ratification of the more than twenty international conventions and treaties concerning humanitarian law, human rights, refugees, and international criminal law. Published in cooperation with Doctors Without Borders/Medecins sans Frontiers."

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The Guide
xxiii
State of Ratification of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Conventions
509
List of States Party to International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Conventions as of July 2006
513
Term Index
539

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Francoise Bouchet-Saulnier is the legal counsel for Medecins Sans Frontieres Foundation in Paris, France. Laura Brav is a fellow with Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres. Clementine Olivier is Deputy of the Legal Director for Medecins Sans Frontieres Foundation in Paris, France.

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