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Published: 13 March 2008

640 Pages


ISBN: 9780199274321

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International Territorial Administration

How Trusteeship and the Civilizing Mission Never Went Away

Ralph Wilde

  • The first comprehensive analysis of the purposes associated with international territorial administration, from the League of Nations in Danzig to the UN in East Timor and Kosovo recently and the High Representative in Bosnia today
  • Establishes international territorial administration as a 'policy institution' to rank alongside peacekeeping and humanitarian intervention in the activities of international organizations
  • Explains how this activity relates to ideas in international public policy such as dispute settlement, the 'responsibility to protect', 'earned sovereignty' and the saving of 'failed states'
  • Includes coverage of territorial administration by international organizations other than the UN (e.g. the EU in Mostar), the involvement of international appointees on local administrative and judicial bodies (e.g. hybrid tribunals), and the administration of refugee camps by UNHCR
  • Provides the first sustained treatment of the concept of trusteeship in both international law and international public policy encompassing colonialism, occupation, the Mandate and Trusteeship systems and contemporary international peace operations
  • Draws on a wide range of primary and secondary material analyzed through a broad disciplinary orientation encompassing international relations, international law, international history, political science and post-colonial studies methodologies
  • Critical analysis is complemented by a comprehensive description of the legal mandates for all the international territorial administration missions, and detailed provision of citations to source materials for further reference

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