Security: A Multidisciplinary Normative Approach

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Cecilia Bailliet
Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2009 - Law - 383 pages
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Security is an all-encompassing term of art which is subject to diverse interpretations and understandings. It includes notions of protection against transnational threats, including terrorism, inter- and intra-state conflict, nuclear proliferation, forced migration, violation of women s rights, climate change, etc. The papers in this collection provide fresh voices in the security debate, uniting scholars from different fields of law and philosophy to address normative gaps in interpretation, evolution and application. Part I considers calls for an expanded mandate for the UN Security Council and regional international organisations. Part II reviews innovations within the arena of international humanitarian law, including whether it is possible to balance human rights and humanitarian law standards in peacekeeping operations, responses to voluntary human shielding , and normative evolution in the removal of anti-personnel mines and the ban on cluster munitions. Part III embarks upon the realm of Ethics and Democracy: assessing the engagement of private soldiers and the legitimacy of targeted strikes pursuant to the responsibility to prevent terrorism . It also considers internal conflicts within the notion of democratic security , affirms the procedural guarantees of habeas corpus and non-refoulement as central elements of global justice, and calls for evaluation of gender equity as a measure of state fragility. Part IV confronts the global challenge of climate change as a security threat. Finally, Part V provides a practitioner s perspective which discusses possible grounds for a gap between academics and security practitioners.

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Approaching Security through the Application
Chapter A Critical Decision Point on the Battlefield Friend Foe
Chapter The Obligation to Remove and Destroy AntiPersonnel Mines
The Interplay
New Mercenarism in a JustWar
Unintended Consequences of Applying
Chapter Democratic Security
Chapter Global Procedural Rights and Security
Competences of the
Chapter Environmental Security and the UN Security Council
Chapter Pragmatic Law for International Security
List of Contributors

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Cecilia M. Bailliet" is Professor of Law and Director of the Masters Program in Public International Law at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her teaching, research, and publications combine cross-field perspectives, including International Public Law, Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, and Refugee Law. She serves as consultant to international and national actors engaged within the field of Refugee Law.

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