Constructing humanitarian space in Darfur

Mills, K. (2013) Constructing humanitarian space in Darfur. International Journal of Human Rights, 17(5-6), pp. 605-618. (doi: 10.1080/13642987.2013.805125)

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Humanitarian space has become a key concept in the field of humanitarianism. Much of the focus has been on how actors on the ground can expand or constrain humanitarian space. This article places humanitarian space within a broader global normative context, arguing that the recent development of global human rights supporting norms and practices may, at times, have the perverse effect of constraining humanitarian space and undermining humanitarian action. It uses the case of Darfur to illuminate the complex global dynamics of humanitarian space, arguing that in addition to the actions of armed rebel group and state militaries, humanitarian space is constrained and constructed by international military forces, in particular peacekeeping forces, as well as the presence and independent action of the International Criminal Court, all of which construct the geopolitical plane in which humanitarians work.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mills, Dr Kurt
Authors: Mills, K.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:International Journal of Human Rights
ISSN (Online):1744-053X

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
560011International Responses to Mass Atrocities in Africa: Responsibility to Protect, Prosecute, and PalliateKurt MillsThe Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (CARNEGIE)Prof A Miller 3SPS - POLITICS
446901Responsibility to protect, to prosecute or to feed - evaluating the interaction of normative frameworksKurt MillsBritish Academy (BRIT-ACAD)SG-45929SPS - POLITICS