Applicable Legal Framework for Stability Policing
During or after a conflict or a major crisis, NATO Stability Policing (SP) is meant to help stabilize the Area of Operation (AOO) within the fragile Host Nation (HN). Actually, SP aims at ensuring a Safe and Secure Environment (SASE) for the local weary population, to uphold the Rule of Law (ROL) and to promote and protect the Human Rights. Enforcing the law is expected to be a key factor for NATO SP assets on the field, to restore and/or maintain order and public security, therefore to achieve successfully their mission.
However, from a legal perspective, some questions emerge. What law is to be enforced towards the local civilian population? How far are NATO militaries legally empowered? Eventually what is the applicable legal framework for SP in Land operations?
To answer these and other questions, the NATO Stability Policing Centre of Excellence organized an online workshop, due on May the 4th, 2021. A panel of international experts, academics and militaries, will gather, discuss and exchange in this day with the NATO SP COE writing Team to clarify this topic and to define in a forthcoming document the regulatory limits and obligations of laws that prevail on and empower Stability Policing officers in the context of NATO land operations.