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Introduction: the Safety Convention and Its Legal Environment

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This chapter examines the contribution made by the 1994 Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel (Safety Convention) to the protection of personnel in peace operations. It systematises the protection of personnel in peace operations under international law and identifies strengths and weaknesses with the present system as well as some trends and developments in this area of law. The Safety Convention is the first multilateral instrument dealing specifically with the legal protection of personnel in peace operations and in a work of this character it merits special attention. The most authoritative statement regarding the sources of international law is to be found in Article 38(1) of the statute of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The historical account of diplomatic protection clearly shows that this is a question on the international plane between states.

Keywords: diplomatic protection; International Court of Justice (ICJ); international law; legal protection; peace operations; Safety Convention



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