Ralph Wilde

This is a report covering certain aspects of United Kingdom government policy relating to Characteristics of International Administration in Crisis Areas, topic IV.A. of the XVIIth International Congress of Comparative Law. It is a response to the questionnaire issued by the Topic Reporter, Dr. Outi Korhonen, and is structured according to the questionnaire format, covering those questions the author was able to respond to. Due to publication word restrictions, the report is only concerned with setting out descriptively the main features of official UK policy and practice in this area as it is explained publicly by the UK government; no attempt is made to go beyond this to other explanations of this policy and practice, nor does the report offer comment or analysis of what is reported.

The report is based on a variety of sources. There is no single institution responsible for UK participation in international administration missions, and accordingly, no single source for information in that regard. Data has been collected from websites of governmental departments/ministries and international organisations, Parliamentary records and interviews with government diplomats from the Conflict Issues Group of the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office who, according to the usual convention, spoke on the basis of comments not being attributed to them by name.

For the purposes of the present report, the notion of International Administration of Crisis Areas has been interpreted loosely, covering not only instances where the UK either alone or under the auspices of an international organization exercises a degree of governmental authority in another state, but also instances where the UK lends support to states which require assistance in the performance of governmental functions in foreign territory.

Cite as: Ralph Wilde, Characteristics of International Administration in Crisis Areas: Aspects of UK Government Policy, vol 10.3 ELECTRONIC JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW, (December 2006), <http://www.ejcl.org/103/art103-15.pdf>.

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