Protecting civilians in armed conflict through rules of engagement
Protecting civilians during violent conflict : theoretical and practical issues for the 21st century
Farnham ; Burlington : Ashgate, 2012
The presumption of protecting civilians is basic to the rules of engagement (ROE) under which regular armed forces operate. Rob McLaughlin, formerly a senior Australian military officer charged with the oversight of the ROE, demonstrates that there are some inherent limitations and that ROE need to be understood in the round to appreciate what they can and cannot achieve. Using the International Institute of Humanitarian Law's Rules of Engagement Handbook as a framework, McLaughlin examines the means by which protection of civilians in armed conflict - through the application of both the applicable law and the policy aims of the state or coalition of states engaged in a particular operation - can be built into rules of engagement.