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This chapter examines the role of the Safety Convention against the background of general international law in relation to the protection of personnel in peace operations. It systematises the protection of such personnel under international law and to identify strengths and weaknesses with the present system as well as some trends and developments in this area of law. The Safety Convention is first and foremost a criminal law instrument. The Safety Convention’s scope of application, which turned out to be the most problematic provision to draft, also concerns the relationship between the convention and international humanitarian law. It is a well-established principle of international law, flowing from the rights and duties of territorial jurisdiction, that a state has the responsibility of ensuring the protection of individuals present on its territory. A special protection is often accorded to personnel representing international governmental organisations and states.

Keywords: criminal law; international governmental organisations; international humanitarian law; international law; peace operations; Safety Convention; special protection



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