Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture | UN Peacekeeping Today: Legal Challenges and Uncertainties

Free Public Lecture

Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture | UN Peacekeeping Today: Legal Challenges and Uncertainties

G08
Law Ground Floor
185 Pelham Street

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UN peacekeeping operations have become multidimensional and are no longer limited to "keeping the peace". They are increasingly deployed in contexts and with mandates that increase a risk of exposure to direct threats from armed groups and spoilers. Their mandates also increasingly call for the use of force for purposes other than self-defence. This has led to new questions about whether and how international humanitarian law applies to UN peacekeepers, including whether and when UN peacekeepers could become lawful targets in an armed conflict. At the same time, long-time challenges such as sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers continue to require that the Organization improve its response to such challenges.

Presenter

  • Mr D. Stephen Mathias
    Mr D. Stephen Mathias, Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs