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The Kampala Convention and Its Contributions to International Law

Legal Analyses and Interpretations of the African Union Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons

The Kampala Convention and Its Contributions to International Law
  • Year of publication 2014
  • 400 pages
Author:Mehari Taddele Maru
Categories: Law Constitutional Law and Human Rights
Law International law
Social Sciences Political Science
Icon_printbook 978‐94‐6236‐102‐7 | hardcover | 1st edition | € 97.00 / $ 145.50 / £ 89.50
Icon_ebook 978‐94‐6094‐923‐4 | ebook | € 94.99 / $ 142.49 / £ 87.39

This book examines the African Union Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons – known as the Kampala Convention – which entered into force on 6 December 2012. The book sets out the shortcomings of international law relating to internal displacement, more specifically the ‘protection gap’. The author shows how the Kampala Convention not only fills this protection gap, but also how it contributes to the overall development of norms in international, regional and national laws governing internal displacement. The book is of interest to scholars of international law and human rights, as well as to experts in peace and security and practitioners in humanitarian organizations, the African Union, the United Nations, and Regional Economic Communities.

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Experts in peace and security and practitioners in humanitarian organizations, AU, UN, and Regional Economic Communities.

Author's information

Mehari Taddele Maru is an international consultant on African Union affairs and a legal scholar. Prior to this, he has served as Programme Manager for the African Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis at the Institute for Security Studies, Programme Coordinator for Migration at the African Union Commission, Legal Expert at the Legal Counsel of the African Union Commission and Director at Addis Ababa University. A former fellow of very prestigious programmes at Harvard, Oxford, and NATO Defense College, he holds a Doctorate of Legal Sciences from JLU Giessen, Germany, an MPA from Harvard and an MSc from the University of Oxford as well as an LLB from Addis Ababa University.