Criminalizing Humanitarian Engagement
HPCR initiated the “Criminalizing Humanitarian Engagement” Project after recognizing that the humanitarian community faced increasingly difficult challenges based on the proliferation of counterterrorism laws and regulations that have a capacity to affect the delivery of humanitarian assistance. The “Criminalizing Humanitarian Engagement” Project aims, at the outset, to more fully identify the trajectories underlying these challenges through scientific research, policy assessments, and multilateral engagements. HPCR hosted a Senior Law and Policy Workshop on the topic in November 2010, and has constituted a Working Group of select practitioners and scholars to provide a platform for information sharing and informal discussion of challenges and opportunities.
This February 2011 Working Paper presents HPCR’s analysis to date on dilemmas arising from the intersection between, on the one hand, counterterrorism laws and policies prohibiting engagement with certain non‐state entities and, on the other, humanitarian access and protection of civilians in armed conflict. This Working Paper aims to provide HPCR’s initial analysis of these dilemmas and to suggest key areas for future research and policy engagement.