Emmanuelle Strub

conflict – and having to deal with the pressures that go with both. The other challenge was monitoring the quality of the services offered and the impartiality with which they were being provided – monitoring that required resources and a new type of arrangement. Duty of Care From 2012 to 2016, security management also incorporated a legal dimension, as the organisation could be held liable if an incident harmed an employee. . The question of legal risk came up at MdM in

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Fabrice Weissman

lie is all the more necessary since aid organisations could face a public backlash and even state prosecution if they were to reveal transactions with criminal organisations and terrorists. Lastly, there is no benefit in making abductions an issue of public debate. Pirates and other criminal groups do not care about their image or public pressure, while jihadist groups like al-Qaida openly acknowledge relying on kidnappings for money. These are the

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Planned Obsolescence of Medical Humanitarian Missions: An Interview with Tony Redmond, Professor and Practitioner of International Emergency Medicine and Co-founder of HCRI and UK-Med

simple and it has been a game changer. There have been some issues around who owns the rights to it, I understand, but it has been really innovative and really quite simple. But in terms of medical teams, medical support in a humanitarian emergency, there hasn’t been much innovation in the delivery of care. And I think the humanitarian healthcare workers are at fault. I sense there is a reluctance to transfer innovations in everyday medical practice to humanitarian work in the field

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Staff Security and Civilian Protection in the Humanitarian Sector
Miriam Bradley

notion ofduty of care’, and the risk of legal action against agencies that fail in their duty of care, have shaped staff-security strategies ( Edwards and Neuman, 2016 ). They may explain why harder security measures, greater recourse to evacuation and a more forward-looking approach focused on assessing and managing risks characterise staff-security strategies as compared with civilian-protection strategies. They may also explain some of the

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Editors’ Introduction
Tanja R. Müller and Gemma Sou

Emergency Medicine and founder of UK-Med, an NGO that provides international emergency humanitarian medical assistance and which hosts the UK International Emergency Trauma Register (UKIETR) and UK International Emergency Medical Register (UKIEMR). He questions the usefulness of seeking innovation in medical humanitarianism but advocates to aim for the same duty of care that one would offer in one’s everyday practice at home. In this, Tony is also critical of the term ‘humanitarian space’, as it by

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Digital Bodies, Data and Gifts
Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

field ( Sandvik, 2017 ) and consider humanitarian pasts and futures: earlier humanitarian uses of body tracking devices for care and control, together with how contemporary affordances in emergencies shape ideas about what wearables can be used for, on whom and how. I suggest that what the ‘humanitarian wearable’ tells us about the nature of digital humanitarianism can be the point of departure for articulating a critique of aid in the age of data colonialism ( Couldry and

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Uses and Misuses of International Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Principles
Rony Brauman

. Viewing it only as a symbol, and not a compass, we can avoid idle speculation, since trying to determine whether or not a given position or operational choice is neutral or impartial is a useless – even counterproductive – exercise, as I have attempted to show. This is not to advocate for a purely pragmatic approach, where our only duty would be to implement the most appropriate methods and skills – that is, an ‘obligation of means’ and the use of process. Such technical

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From the Global to the Local
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

would create such abject living conditions (akin to Agamben’s ‘bare life’: Gordon, 2018 ) that Palestinians would be forced to accept what Trump and his administration have denominated the ‘deal of the century’ ( Gordon, 2018 ; Wong, 2018 ). Far from being motivated by an ‘ethics of care’ to protect displaced and dispossessed people, or a quest to secure a democratically grounded ‘liberal peace’, this ‘great deal’ can be identified as a quintessentially neoliberal project. Driven neither by ethics nor humanitarian principles, this is an

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Jane Brooks

McBryde’s published memoir written nearly 50 years after the end of the Second World War. It is therefore prone both to relating the dramatic interventions required to engage a readership, and the nostalgia invoked by nurses when they considered their wartime lives. Nevertheless, it demonstrates the new surgical work that nurses expected to encounter as part of their overseas duties. Student nurses who trained between 1939 and 1945 cared for civilians injured by enemy bombing campaigns and combatants evacuated back to Britain from war zones. Thus, even before overseas

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Mirrors of French ideals?
Alison Forrestal

him from keeping a close eye on affairs outside his immediate sphere of government: ‘Although bishops might be bound to care within certain limits, that one calls the diocese . . . they do not however lose the care of the church in general, for the good of which they must work with all their strength.’51 Episcopal communion was vital, cautioned Camus, but so too was ecclesiastical unity, and bishops had a duty to foster both as far as possible.52 It was true, Noulleau declared, that a bishop could occasionally leave his diocese, but only for its spiritual benefit or

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