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Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility To Protect: Who Should Intervene?

James Pattison


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. The doctrine of the responsibility to protect asserts that when a state is failing to uphold its citizens' human rights, the international community has a responsibility to protect these citizens, including by undertaking humanitarian intervention. It is unclear, however, which particular agent should be tasked with this responsibility. Should we prefer intervention by the UN, NATO, a regi ... More

Keywords: abuse, agents, consequentialism, duty, effectiveness, humanitarian intervention, international law, intentions, jus in bello, legitimacy, moderate instrumentalist approach, motives, NATO, reform, regional organizations, responsibility to protect, the UN

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199561049
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561049.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Pattison, author
Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of the West of England.