Accountability of Armed Opposition Groups in International Law

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Accountability of Armed Opposition Groups
in International Law

Who is accountable under international law for the acts committed by armed opposition groups? In today's world the great majority of political conflicts involve non-state actors attempting to exert a political influence (such as overthrowing a government or bringing about secession). Notwithstanding their impact on the course of events, however, we tend to know little about these groups, and even less about how to treat their actions legally.

In this award-winning scholarship, Liesbeth Zegveld examines the need to identify legally the parties involved when internal conflicts arise, and the reality of their demands for rights. Her study draws upon international humanitarian law, human rights law and international criminal law to consider a fundamental question: who is accountable for the acts committed by non-state actors, or for the failure to prevent or repress these acts?

This study will be of interest to academics, postgraduate students and professionals involved with armed conflict and international relations.

LIESBETH ZEGVELD practises as an international and criminal lawyer. In 1998, she received a Fulbright Scholarship to do research at New York University and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, DC. For her dissertation on armed opposition groups she received the degree 'cum laude' and the Netherlands' Human Rights Award, 2000. She is the co-author, with Frits Kalshoven, of the third edition of Constraints on the Waging of War: an Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (ICRC 2001).

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents vii
  • Table of Treaties and Declarations ix
  • Table of Cases xiii
  • Table of Other Documents xviii
  • Abbreviations xxvii
  • Introduction 1
  • Part 1 - The Normative Gap 7
  • 1 - Legal Restraints on Armed Opposition Groups as Such 9
  • 2 - Substantive Obligations of Armed Opposition Groups as Such 59
  • Part 2 - The Accountability Gap 95
  • 3 - Accountability of Group Leaders 97
  • 4 - Accountability of Armed Opposition Groups as Such 133
  • 5 - Accountability of the State for Acts of Armed Opposition Groups 164
  • 6 - The Quest for Accountability 220
  • Conclusion 229
  • Bibliography 231
  • Index 242
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