The Principles of Humanitarian Action in International Humanitarian Law

This paper is concerned with the principles of humanitarian action. It examines the efforts by international organisations to operationalise codes of conduct. Based on case studies in Sudan and Liberia, it assesses whether the legal content of these terms can determine the legitimacy of human-rights ‘conditionality’; and asks whether international law requires that humanitarian assistance be given with the consent of the relevant parties to the conflicts in question.

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