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Confronting Human Rights Violations in Ukraine: Some Legal and Practical Challenges

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Conall Mallory


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From the annexation of territory to the use of volunteer battalions and from large-scale detentions to the deployment of hybrid warfare methods, the Ukrainian conflict is a melting pot of contemporary issues relating to modern war. Along with being representative of a multifaceted conflict, these dynamics make the fulfilment of human rights obligations inherently more challenging. This chapter considers a series of the most pressing legal and practical difficulties to emerge from the crisis in this respect. For legal challenges, it analyses the obstacles in identifying where human rights obligations apply, to whom and what their content may be. In respect of practical challenges, it highlights difficulties in monitoring human rights violations during the course of ongoing hostilities in contested territories. It concludes with a reflection on how the legacy of the conflict is likely to be shaped by the responses international bodies provide to these challenges.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mallory C

Editor(s): Rogers, D

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Human Rights in War

Year: 2021

Pages: 1-16

Online publication date: 09/03/2021

Acceptance date: 05/07/2020

Series Title: International Human Rights

Publisher: Springer

Place Published: Singapore


DOI: 10.1007/978-981-15-5202-1_15-1

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9789811552021