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The Role of Non-State Actors in International Conflict: Legal Identity, Delinquency and Political Representation

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This chapter discusses the way in which formal position does not match the reality of participation in international life, and the consequent problems arising from that situation in the management and resolution of international conflict. Clearly, both individuals and intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) have been accorded an increasing role within the international legal scheme. Any attempt to deconstruct the activity of States and other players requires some guiding typology of significant and relevant actors, both within and outside the structure of the State. Legal personality or identity is a functional notion, which indicates possibility of undertaking action that is legally meaningful. The legal accountability of individuals at the international level is now well established in certain contexts of conflict, through the development of international criminal liability. International conflict has a rich and diverse participation which, increasingly during the course of the twentieth century, has moved away from its earlier State-centred paradigm.

Keywords: intergovernmental organisations (IGOs); international conflict; international criminal liability; international legal scheme; legal identity



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