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Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility To ProtectWho Should Intervene?$
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James Pattison

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199561049

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561049.001.0001

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The Problem of Who Should Intervene

The Problem of Who Should Intervene

(p.1) 1 The Problem of Who Should Intervene
Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility To Protect

James Pattison

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets the scope for the rest of the book. It outlines the problems caused by the lack of clarity surrounding who should intervene and, in doing so, identifies two specific questions that the book is concerned with ‘Who has the right to intervene?’ and ‘Who has the duty to intervene?’. It also examines the changes in the responsibility to protect doctrine from the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) report to the 2005 UN World Summit agreement. It goes on to consider two central questions in the ethics of humanitarian intervention: (a) Whether humanitarian intervention is a duty or only a right?(b) When can there be just cause for humanitarian intervention? The final section provides definitions of ‘humanitarian intervention’ and ‘legitimacy’.

Keywords:   definition, duty, humanitarian intervention, ICISS, just cause, legitimacy, responsibility to protect, right, World Summit

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