The responsibility to protect and non-state armed groups
Jennifer M Welsh
The grey zone : civilian protection between human rights and the laws of war
Oxford [etc.] : Hart, 2018
After setting out the rationale and function of the principle of the responsibility to protect, the author presents how its initially state-centric focus might be expanded to address the challenge of non-state armed groups (NSAGs) as threats to civilians. He first analyses these actors' legal and political responsibilities, before setting out potential strategies for combating or mitigating the protection challenges they create. Then, he turns to the question of whether and how states can call upon military assistance from the international community to assist them in addressing the threat posed by NSAGs and the states' responsibility for actions of NSAGs over which they have a degree of control.