Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Revisiting the Civilian and Humanitarian Character of Refugee Camps

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Refugee camps are anomalous spaces in which several fields of law often converge. The intersection of different bodies of international law is most prominent in the standard known as the 'civilian and humanitarian character of refugee camps'. This norm has emerged as an important principle of international law, drawing on international refugee law (IRL), international humanitarian law (IHL), the laws of neutrality and the United Nation (UN) Charter. This chapter seeks to clarify the inter-relationship of IHL and IRL in establishing and clarifying this principle. It asks: What is the 'civilian and humanitarian character' of refugee camps, and how does this concept fit in humanitarian law and refugee law? The chapter starts with a brief exploration of the historical development of the civilian and humanitarian character of refugee camps, then illustrates the role played by international humanitarian law and refugee law in giving meaning to 'civilian' and 'humanitarian'.

Keywords: civilian; humanitarian character; international humanitarian law (IHL); international refugee law (IRL); refugee camps; United Nation (UN) Charter



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation