Understanding counterterrorism and humanitarian action – to go

Author: Charlotte Faltas
Date: 14.04.2021
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Counterterrorism measures on all jurisdictional levels are rapidly increasing. Over the last years, more and more humanitarian organisations are expressing their concern about the (unintended) impacts and consequences of these measures on their work. This paper provides some clarity on the matter by contextualising the legal protection of principled humanitarian action, mapping out relevant counterterrorism regulations and developments on the multiple jurisdictional levels, and studies its impacts and threats. Lastly, it gives a brief overview of options to relieve current frictions between counterterrorism measures and principled humanitarian action.