Multinational peace operations forces involved in armed conflict : who are the parties ?
Searching for a "principle of humanity" in international humanitarian law
Cambridge [etc.] : Cambridge University Press, 2013
This chapter addresses the concept of "parties" to an armed conflict in a context of multinational peace operations. This issue is of considerable importance in both international and non-international armed conflicts, not least with regard to questions of responsibility. Using the ISAF operation in Afghanistan as a case study, the author discusses who the "parties" to such a conflict are. He shows that even among like-minded states, the position on the conflict differs with regard to the qualification of that conflict and to the status of troop contributing nations in the conflict, and consequently, to the applicability of international humanitarian law.