Dalhousie Law Journal


international law, human rights, United Nations, humanitarian law, Arab-Israel conflict, environmental protection, medical care, multinational organizations, the right to life


The emerging role of international and regional organizations toward the realistic protection of the right to life (along with closely related guarantees) constitutes the scope of the scholarly treatise, which is an outgrowth of the author's participation at the Research Center of the Hague Academy of International Law. Precisely Johannes van Aggelen of the Center for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, is one of the rising scholars of the coming generation of human rights lawyers. Indeed, his work in such closely related fields as humanitarian law, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the right to an adequate food supply and supporting medical care, environmental protection, the impact of science and technology on law, the law of outer space, plus the practice of the Netherlands Government in international law and relations attest to the range of his high level of competency.1 In fact, this wide range of research is clearly reflected in his approach to the protection of human life. Whereas the participants at the Center for Research in International Law and Relations are required to prepare an in-depth article or chapter in a volume,2 van Aggelen prepared his own full-length book that will become the standard work, with regard to the future role of multinational organizations. Most authors (including this reviewer 3) place their emphasis on the injured individual or racial group that has become the direct target of discrimination, which in turn oftentimes leads to physical destruction.