Manual of the International Law in Peace Operations

In 2011, the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War launched an international research project designed to produce a Manual of the International Law in Peace Operations.

The Manual is intended to provide for the first time an authoritative exposé and critical assessment of the law applicable to the planning and conduct of peace operations. It will consist of black letter rules and an accompanying commentary, offering a detailed guide to areas of international law specifically relevant to the conduct of peace operations.

The project is inspired by the 1994 San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflict at Sea, the 2006 San Remo Manual on the Law of Non-International Armed Conflict and the 2010 HPCR Manual on the International Law Applicable to Air and Missile Warfare. It will aim at staff personnel, senior level commanders and legal advisors, alongside academics.

The Manual will be published by a leading academic press in English to enable it to reach the widest possible readership. Translation of the black letter rules into one or more other UN languages will be envisaged after publication of the original English version.

I am contributing to the management of this project as a member of the Project Management Team as well as to the research as a member of the Group of Experts drafting the black letter rules.