Leuven Manuel on International Law Applicable to Peace Operations launched in Cameroon

In the African continent, the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War chose Cameroon for the maiden presentation and lunching of the book that treats peace operation conducts.

Cynthia EFOPA

Cameroon has once more been recognized as a prominent country in contributing laws applicable to peace keeping operations. This testify why the book title Leuven Manuel on the International Law Applicable to Peace Operations that was prepared by an international Group of experts at the invitation of the International Society for Military law and the Law of War was first launched in Cameroon in the whole of African continent.

Speaking during the ceremony of the presentation and lunching, the representative of the Society for Military Law and the Law of War, Remy Jorritsma, spelt out that in the year 2015, when the project of writing the book was initiated, the Cameroon International War College played host to a seminar that brainstormed on materials in the African continent that were to serve as the groundwork to finalize the book. This seminar brought together experts from the Defense and security forces, university dons, researchers and practitioners whose input greatly contributed to the writing of the booklet.

To corroborate Remy Joorritsima, the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defense, Beti Assomo Joseph who chaired the ceremony in the presence of diplomatic representatives and international organizations voiced that the choice of Cameroon by the Society for Military Law and Law of War to lunch the book reflects the esteem this scientific and well renowned society that has published a panoply of interesting and ground breaking books gives to Cameroon.  He used the opportunity to express gratitude to the academic society that has greatly contributed to impact the soldiers of the Cameroon Defense Forces through seminars which have added a significant value in their conduct of carrying out peace keeping operations.

The Leuven Manuel on the International Law Applicable to Peace Operations is a book that was published in 2017, composed of 21 chapters that treat subjects on the history of peacekeeping, mandate as a legal bases for peacekeeping operations, regional specific organizational framework in peacekeeping, applicability of human rights in peacekeeping operations, gender aspects, humanitarian law, the use of force and detention by peacekeepers and memorandum of understanding. The topics cover gives a comprehensive overview of the rules that are to be followed in peace keeping operations conducted by the United Nations, the European Union, NATO, the African Union and other organizations with detailed commentary on best practices in relation to those rules.

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