Philippe Sands QC of Matrix Chambers and Professor of International Law at University College London, has co-edited a book entitled ‘The Grey Zone: Civilian Protection Between Human Rights and the Laws of War’ alongside Mark Lattimer, Executive Director of the Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights. Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh of Matrix Chambers is one of the contributing authors.
This volume brings together contributions from leading academic authorities and legal practitioners on the situation of civilians in the “grey zone” between human rights and the laws of war. The chapters in Part 1 address key contested or boundary issues in defining the rights of civilians or non combatants in today’s conflicts. Those in Part 2 examine remedies and current mechanisms for redress both at the international and national level and those in Part 3 assess prospects for the development of new mechanisms for addressing violations. As military intervention to protect civilians remains contested, this volume looks at the potential for developing alternative approaches to the protection of civilians and their rights.
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