EU Humanitarian Aid after the Lisbon Treaty – University of Copenhagen

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12 June 2014

EU Humanitarian Aid after the Lisbon Treaty

In an article published in Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management Morten Broberg analyses the treaty provisions introduced by the Lisbon Treaty with regard to the European Union’s provision of humanitarian aid to third countries. Amongst the topics examined by the author is to what extent the European Union’s new legal basis for humanitarian aid – laid down in Article 214 TFEU – conflicts with the general international humanitarian law principles. On the face of it there seems to be such conflict, but according to the author this is first of all due to an oversight by the drafters of what eventually became Article 214 TFEU. Thus no conflict was intended and the author argues that when providing humanitarian aid the European Union must duly observe the international legal humanitarian principles.