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PSOs: Establishing The Rule Of Law Through Security And Law Enforcement Operations

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This chapter explores the challenges faced by military Peace Support Forces (PSF) in establishing the rule of law in post-conflict environments. The aim is to highlight legal and practical issues that impact law enforcement operations. The chapter develops this through a brief analysis of peace support operations (PSO) authorized under UN Security Council resolutions to examine the authority to conduct law enforcement type duties and rules of engagement. It considers how international humanitarian and human rights laws may apply to PSF, how these laws may be used as a guide during peace support operations and determine the extent that human rights obligations affect individual troop contingents. Finally, the chapter illustrates the impact of human rights obligations on law enforcement type tasks, and the need to coordinate activity with civilian law enforcement authorities.

Keywords: law enforcement operations; Peace Support Forces (PSF); peace support operations (PSO)



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