Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility To Protect Who Should Intervene?

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-19
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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This book considers who should undertake humanitarian intervention in response to an ongoing or impending humanitarian crisis, such as found in Rwanda in early 1994, Kosovo in 1999, and Darfur more recently. Should we prefer intervention by the UN, NATO, a regional or subregional organization (such as the African Union), a state, a group of states, or someone else? The book answers this question by, first, considering what sorts of qualities interveners shouldpossess and their relative importance. For instance, how important is that interveners are legal, effective, have the support of their citizens, and are welcomed by those subject to the crisis? Second, it considers whether the current interveners actually possess these qualities. For instance, wouldintervention by the UN be legal, effective, have internal support, and be welcomed by those subject to the crisis? Overall, the book develops a normative account of legitimacy to consider these issues. It uses this account to assess not only current interveners, but also the desirability of potential reforms to the mechanisms and agents of humanitarian intervention.

Author Biography

Dr James Pattison is a Lecturer in Politics (Specialising in Human Rights) at the University of Manchester. Before joining Manchester, he was a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of the West of England, Bristol. His research interests concern the moral issues raised when using military force abroad, including humanitarian intervention, the responsibility to protect, and the increased use of private military companies. He has published various articles on the ethics of force, including for Ethics and International Affairs, the Journal of Military Ethics, the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, the Journal of International Political Theory, the International Journal of Human Rights, and the Journal of Social Philosophy.

Table of Contents

The Problem of Who Should Intervene
Humanitarian Intervention and International Law
Effectiveness and the Moderate Instrumentalist Approach
An Intervener's Conduct: Humanitarian Intervention and Jus In Bello
Representativeness and Humanitarian Intervention
An Intervener's Humanitarian Credentials: Motives, Intentions, and Outcomes
Assessing Current Interveners
Reforms to the Agents and Mechanisms of Humanitarian Intervention
Conclusion: Realizing Legitimate Humanitarian Intervention
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