Armed Groups and Procedural Accountability: A Roadmap for Further Thought

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This chapter investigates the meaning of the term “accountability”, as it is used in policy discussions surrounding armed groups. It takes a detailed look at literature from public administration on the concept of procedural accountability and applies it to the various accountability mechanisms that evaluate the conduct of armed groups against international norms. In doing so, the chapter points out some of the shortcomings of some of these accountability mechanisms. It ends by examining some of the more innovative accountability models, such as the process created by Geneva Call and the ad hoc processes created by the UNAMA field office in Afghanistan vis-à-vis the Taliban.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYearbook of International Humanitarian Law
Subtitle of host publication2016
EditorsTerry D. Gill, Tim McCormack, Robin Geiß, Heike Krieger, Christophe Paulussen
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6265-213-2
ISBN (Print)978-94-6265-212-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameYearbook of International Humanitarian Law
ISSN (Print)1389-1359


  • armed groups
  • accountability
  • international humanitarian law
  • international human rights law
  • Compliance


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