Perspective on the applicability and application of international humanitarian law: the UN context

The applicability of international humanitarian law (IHL) to United Nations (UN) forces has long generated discussion. When peacekeepers have become engaged in hostilities of such a nature as to trigger the application of IHL, questions have arisen as to whether they should be equally subject to the rules of IHL.

Keywords: United Nations peacekeeping operations, applicability of international humanitarian law, 1994 Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel, Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

About the author

Katarina Grenfell
Legal Officer in the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs

Katarina Grenfell is a Legal Officer in the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs at United Nations Headquarters in New York