Complementarity between human security and legal frameworks for humanitarian action

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Cubie, Dug
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There are close connections between humanitarian action and human security which arise, in part, from their common focus on the principles of humanity and human dignity. Indeed, the UN Trust Fund for Human Security has argued that a longer-term human security approach complements more immediate humanitarian efforts. Drawing on research elaborating the concept of an acquis humanitaire of laws, policies and practices relevant in humanitarian crises, this chapter explores the interconnections between human security and the legal frameworks for humanitarian action. After examining the twin components of humanitarian action, namely material assistance and protection of persons, the chapter argues that adopting a human security lens may be a useful way of operationalising a rights-based approach to humanitarian action, based on protection, empowerment, non-discrimination and accountability.
Human security , Humanitarian action , Acquis humanitaire , Protection , Empowerment , Legal frameworks
Cubie, D. (2022) ‘Complementarity between human security and legal frameworks for humanitarian action’, in G. Oberleitner (ed.) Research Handbook on International Law and Human Security. Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 258–271.
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© The Editor and Contributors severally 2022. This is a draft chapter. The final version is available in Research Handbook on International Law and Human Security, edited by Gerd Oberleitner, published in 2022, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. . The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.