Consent to humanitarian access: An obligation triggered by territorial control, not States’ rights

The debate about the legality of cross-border relief operations has been revived in the wake of the failures experienced by international humanitarian organizations in their response to humanitarian needs in Syria.

About the author

Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier

Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier
Doctor of Law and magistrate, Legal Director of Médecins sans Frontières (MSF)

Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier is a Doctor of Law and magistrate, Legal Director of Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), and a Member of the Editorial Committee of the International Review of the Red Cross and of the Editorial Committee of the historical MSF publication Speaking Out Case Studies. She is author of several books and articles on humanitarian law and action, in particular the Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law (3rd ed., Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, 2014). Over the past twenty years, she has been involved in developing key MSF policies and public positioning on humanitarian action and mass crimes, military intervention and international criminal justice.

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