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Type: Journal article
Title: Military involvement in law enforcement
Author: Stephens, D.
Citation: International Review of the Red Cross, 2010; 92(878):453-468
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1816-3831
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Dale Stephens
Abstract: Law enforcement is not a task usually undertaken by military forces, at least within domestic legal contexts. Conversely, maintaining or restoring security within dysfunctional or ‘post-conflict’ areas of operation is a role commonly undertaken by them. Within these latter operations, the skill sets and highly calibrated application of force that are commonly associated with police forces in their law enforcement role are in fact manifested in a decisively military context. This article reviews the experiences and legal frameworks associated with military participation in two separate types of mission, namely UN-sponsored peace operations and unilateral/multilateral stabilization and counter-insurgency operations. It argues that these contexts have demanded a revised interpretative approach to the applicable law, one that is much more sensitive to social and political effect.
Rights: Copyright © International Committee of the Red Cross 2010
RMID: 0030031967
DOI: 10.1017/S1816383110000329
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