While an abundance of literature covers the right of states to defend themselves against external aggression, this is the first book dedicated to the right to personal self-defense in international law. Dr. Hessbruegge sets out in careful detail the strict requirements that human rights impose on defensive force by law enforcement authorities, especially police killings in self-defense. The book also discusses the exceptional application of the right to personal self-defense in military-led operations, notably to contain violent civilians who do not directly participate in hostilities. The author establishes that international law gives individuals the right to forcibly resist human rights violations that pose a serious risk of significant and irreparable harm. At the same time, he calls into question prevailing state practice, which fails to recognize any collective right to organized armed resistance even when it constitutes the last resort to defend against genocide or other mass atrocities.
Based on the author's thesis (doctoral - European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, 2016) issued under title: The right to personal self-defence as a general principle of law and its general application in international human rights law --Verso of title page.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-378) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction The right to personal self-defense as a general principle of law A human right to self-defense? Defensive force by law enforcement agents Personal self-defense in military-led operations Human rights standards for self-defense between private persons Self-defense against the state: resistance against human rights violations The right to personal self-defense in a Rechtsstaat: final reflections.
K5087.S4 H47 2017
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017.