Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula through the Framework of International Humanitarian Law – by Simon Henderson

While Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has garnered significant media attention,its role in the Middle East raises legal issues that are not currently being explored. With AQAP having presences in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, questions arise as to which legal frameworks can be utilized: international humanitarian law, human rights law, or criminal law. This paper will discuss some of these issues, with a particular focus on international humanitarian law.

Simon Henderson is a Masters of Law in International Law student at The Fletcher School,where he is focusing on International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law. Simon holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Law, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from The Australian National University. He is a lawyer of the Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court. Simon’s prior work experience includes The Law Council of Australia in Canberra and HumanRights in China in Hong Kong.

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