Humanitarian Law

The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law

Second English Language Edition

By Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier

Translated by Laura Brav and Clémentine Olivier

The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law, book's front cover


"Under the sponsorship of the international relief organization Doctors without Borders, Bouchet-Saulnier has prepared a valuable guide to humanitarian law around the world. . . . This new edition contains nearly 180 topical entries arranged alphabetically. They are presented in an easy-to-use format with multiple subheadings and guides to further reading. The longest entries focus on compelling topics such as detention, genocide, international law, peacekeeping, prisoners of war, refugees, responsibility, and war crimes. . . . This book belongs in every law library . . . Recommended."- Choice

Definitions are often the first step toward granting or denying a person's rights. The Guide's aim is to provide precise meaning and content for terms such as "terrorism," "refugee," "genocide," and "intervention" - terms that the media have introduced into everyday conversation, yet whose legal and political meanings are often obscure. The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law explains the terms, concepts, and rules of humanitarian law in accessible and reader-friendly alphabetical entries. Written from the perspective of victims and those who bring them assistance, the Guide outlines the dangers, spells out the law, and points the way toward dealing with violators and violations of the law.

Entries in the Guide are complemented by detailed bibliographic references; addresses, phone numbers, and internet addresses of the organizations presented; a thematic index; and an up-to-date list of the status of ratification of the more than 20 international conventions and treaties concerning humanitarian law, human rights, refugees, and international criminal law.

Published in cooperation with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières.  Link to Doctors without Borders (U.S.A.) and books provided by them.

About the Author

Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier is the legal counsel for Médecins Sans Frontières Foundation in Paris, France. Laura Brav is a fellow with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. Clémentine Olivier is Deputy of the Legal Director for Médecins Sans Frontières Foundation in Paris, France.

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