Developing a UN human security framework

McClean, E. 2008. Developing a UN human security framework. Annual Conference of the Academic Council for the United Nations System. Bonn, Germany 05 - 07 Jun 2008

TitleDeveloping a UN human security framework
AuthorsMcClean, E.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

Human security has been propelled onto the international stage in recent times, having been championed by the United Nations (UN) and other international and regional organisations and institutions of various hues as a viable policy agenda by which to address the incidents of human insecurity which ‘dominate today's headlines’. Academics, hailing from diverse disciplines have also joined in the cacophony of voices clamouring around human security. Yet, while commentary on human security has burgeoned in other disciplines, human security has failed to ignite the minds of international legal scholars. The resounding silence of international law on human security is particularly curious in light of the potential impact of human security on fundamental precepts of international law such as the notion of sovereignty and indeed, on the other side of the coin, the contribution of human security to the development of international law. As such the emergence of human security onto the international stage brings into sharp relief a number of fundamental questions as to the role of international law and the role of the UN in the international landscape. This paper is a study of the place of human security in international law and the role of the UN in the quest for human security.

KeywordsUnited Nations, Human Security
Year2008
ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Academic Council for the United Nations System
Publication dates
Completed2008

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