Accession Number : ADA325120

Title :   Humanitarian Operations and Operational Law: New 'Hoopla' for the Commander.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Spillane, Loretta G.

PDF Url : ADA325120

Report Date : 07 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : THE DISAPPEARANCE OF A LARGE CONVENTIONAL MILITARY THREAT, COUPLED WITH OPERATIONS IN AREAS WHERE THE MOST PREVALENT THREATS TO HUMAN LIFE ERUPT FROM WITHIN, RATHER THAN BETWEEN EXISTING STATES, HAS RESULTED IN MILITARY OPERATIONS THAT DO NOT FIT WITHIN PREVIOUSLY RECOGNIZED CATEGORIES OF INTERNATIONAL ARMED CONFLICTS. MOREOVER, THERE IS AN INCREASING TENDENCY TO BLUR THE DICHOTOMY BETWEEN INTERNATIONAL AND INTERNAL ARMED CONFLICTS, AND THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE LAW OF WAR AND HUMAN RIGHTS LAW. CLARITY OF THESE TERMS AND LEGAL PRINCIPLES IS REQUIRED TO CORRECTLY DETERMINE THE CONSTRAINTS APPLICABLE TO CONTEMPORARY MILITARY OPERATIONS. THIS PAPER REVIEWS THE LAW OF WAR AND HUMAN RIGHTS LAW, AND CONCLUDES WITH AN EXAMINATION OF HUMANITARIAN OPERATIONS-OPERATIONAL LAW AND ITS IMPACT ON THE COMMANDER.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *PEACETIME, *LAW ENFORCEMENT, *HUMANITIES, WARFARE, THREATS, OPERATIONAL READINESS, HUMANS, CONVENTIONAL WARFARE, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, LIFE(BIOLOGY), INTERNATIONAL LAW, HAITI.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE