In Humanitarian Law in Action within Africa, Jennifer Moore studies the role and application of humanitarian law by focusing on African countries that are emerging from civil wars. Moore offers an overview of international law, including its essential vocabulary, and describes four particular subfields of international law: international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international criminal law, and international refugee law. After setting forth this overview, Moore considers practical mechanisms to implement international humanitarian law, focusing specifically on the experiences of Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Burundi. Through the case studies of these countries, Moore describes transitional justice's fundamental components: criminal, social, and historical. Although the African continent has gone through some of the world's greatest humanitarian emergencies, issues such as violence against women, child soldiers, and genocide are not unique to Africa, and as such, the study of humanitarian law by examining Africa's experience is important to conflict resolution and reconstruction throughout the world.
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Jennifer Moore is Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1996. She served as Associate Protection Officer for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Conakry, Guinea and Washington, DC prior to entering law teaching. Professor Moore received her JD from Harvard and taught International Law as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.
"Professor Moore is the first author who has looked to the African continent to explore international humanitarian law in a comparative context. Humanitarian Law in Action within Africa is a tour de force. Exploring the strikingly different cases of Uganda, Sierra Leone and Burundi, Professor Moore artfully weaves together lessons that each of these cases offer for international humanitarian law. Just as important, her lucid prose makes this book accessible to experts in the field and lay readers alike, offering an important window to three important cases of conflict and post-conflict justice that are too often overlooked."
--Joel H. Samuels, Associate Professor of Law and Deputy Director, Rule of Law Collaborative, University of South Carolina
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