UN Peacekeeping and Protection of Civilians

 What was traditionally known as ‘peacekeeping’ has now evolved to include multi-dimensional peace operations involving both military and civilian components.  Involvement in what is sometimes termed ‘second generation’ and ‘third generation’ peacekeeping has presented new challenges for the United Nations, and other international and regional organizations.  It also presents opportunities and dilemmas for countries like Ireland, with a history under colonial rule and non-membership of a military alliance. Ireland, with its rich legacy of peacekeeping experience, its internationally recognised academic resources, its military tradition of neutrality and its expertise in multilateral diplomacy, is the logical place to develop institutions for teaching and research in this dynamic field.

The Irish Centre for Human Rights will continue to conduct research and teaching activities in the field of contemporary peacekeeping, thereby contributing to the formulation of national and international policy, and the encouragement of informed public debate. 

Prof. Murphy is engaged in research, training and advocacy in relation to peacekeeping operations in general, including the protection of civilians and the accountability of peacekeepers.