The UN, human rights and post-conflict situations

Edited by Nigel White and Dirk Klaasen

The UN, human rights and post-conflict situations

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6866-9
  • Pages: 520
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: May 2005
  • BIC Category: Law / International law, Society & social sciences / Human rights, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Human Rights, Human rights, civil rights, International law, Law


The United Nations is one of the largest providers of assistance in post-conflict situations in the world. This book considers the human rights standards applicable to the United Nations and applied by the United Nations in post-conflict situations, including East Timor, Kosovo and Afghanistan. It looks at legal principles, peace agreements, support of democracy, human rights protection, development and other forms of reconstruction with which the UN has become involved, including the grandly-named task of "state-building". It deals both with the obligation upon the UN to respect human rights in post-conflict situations, and the obligation upon the UN to ensure that human rights are respected by those in positions of power in post-conflict situations.

Written by an internationally renowned list of contributors, this book will be of vital use to anyone studying conflict analysis, international relations, international law and the role of the United Nations on the world stage.


1 An emerging legal regime? - Nigel White and Dirk Klaasen

Part I: Legal principles
2 Human rights law and UN peace operations in post-conflict situations - Boris Kondoch
3 Reasonable measures in unreasonable circumstances: a legal accountability framework for human rights violations in post-conflict territories under UN administration - John Cerone
4 UN accountability for human rights violations in post-conflict situations - Guglielmo Verdirame

Part II: Different models of protection
5 Managing for sustainable human rights protection: international missions in the peace processes of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Guatemala - Milburn Line
6 The UN, security and human rights: achieving a winning balance - Michael Kelly
7 International territorial administration and human rights - Ralph Wilde

Part III: The politics of protection
8 Human Rights and the 'empire of civil society' - Tony Evans
9 Human rights out of context (or, translating the Universal Declaration into Khmer) - Caroline Hughes
10 Multiculturalism and its discontents in SFR Yugoslavia: a critique of the multiculturalist rights model - Vanessa Pupavac

Part IV: Peace agreements and justice
11 Peace agreements and human rights: implications for the United Nations - Christine Bell
12 Post-conflict accountability, a matter of judgement, practice or principle? - Robert Cryer
Part V: Specific situations
13 Searching for clarity: a case-study of UNTAET's application of international human rights norms - Annemarie Devereux
14 Rights, rhetoric and reality: a snapshot from Afghanistan - Norah Niland
15 Effective human rights protection when the UN 'becomes the state': lessons from UNMIK - Marcus Brand

Part VI: Future Protection
16 Future protection of human rights in post-conflict societies: the role of the United Nations - Michael O'Flaherty
17 Rhetoric and reality: Post-conflict recovery and development: the United Nations and gender reform - Lori Handrahan
18 UN accountability for its human rights impact: implementation through participation - Karen Kenny
19 Towards a strategy for human rights protection in post-conflict situations - Nigel White


Nigel D. White is Professor of International Organisations in the School of Law at the University of Nottingham

Dirk Klaasen is Research Fellow in the Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham

The UN, human rights and post-conflict situations

Edited by Nigel White, Dirk Klaasen

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