Dunant’s pyramid: thoughts on the "humanitarian space"

This article uses the metaphor of a pyramid to portray what constitutes humanitarian action. Whereas humanity forms the aim at the tip and international humanitarian law the basis, the sides are the principles of impartiality, neutrality and independence, which make the humanitarian endeavour possible.

About the author

Daniel Thürer

Professor and Head of the Institute for Public International Law and Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Zürich, and a Member of the ICRC.