Part II Commentaries to Typical Sofa Rules, 30 Settlement of Disputes
Edited By: Dieter Fleck
- Military assistance — Settlement of disputes — Military matters — Peace keeping
This chapter looks at dispute settlement for multinational operations both within the United Nations and the North Atlantic Alliance. There is a strong common interest of participating parties to settle any possible dispute on the interpretation or application of status-of-forces agreements (SOFAs) at the lowest possible level. As no serious dispute on the interpretation or application of the UN Model SOFA and the NATO SOFA has occurred so far, it appears that negotiations between the UN and the Host State or Sending States and the Receiving State have been able to cope with any difficulties concerning SOFA application. SOFAs for UN peace operations are negotiated and concluded between the UN and the Host State without direct involvement of Troop-Contributing States. Any dispute concerning the interpretation or application of relevant SOFA provisions would not be one between States, but between the Host State and the world organization.