UNAMIR: a Deployed Legal Officer’s Retrospective
Source TitleJournal of International Peacekeeping
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
University of Melbourne Author/sOswald, Bruce
AffiliationMelbourne Law School
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsOswald, B. (2020). UNAMIR: a Deployed Legal Officer’s Retrospective. Journal of International Peacekeeping, 22 (1-4), pp.95-115. https://doi.org/10.1163/18754112-0220104007.
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Open Access URLhttp://doi.org/10.1163/18754112-0220104007
From August 1994 until February 1995 I served as an Australian Defence Force legal officer with the Australian Medical Support Force which was a component of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda. During this deployment three duties I engaged with still stand out for me 25 years later: investigating the mass grave site at Ntarama, the use of force to defend the mandate and individual self-defence, and detention. This paper, in large part, engages with my reflections of these issues in the context of my military law practice, and academic research and writing. I conclude by making six observations from my experiences in Rwanda.
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