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

Paperback | October 15, 2012

byJames Pattison

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Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility To Protect 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 responsibilityto 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 thisresponsibility. 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? This book answers this question by, first, determining which qualities of interveners are morally significant and, second, assessing therelative importance of these qualities. For instance, is it important that an intervener have a humanitarian motive? Should an intervener be welcomed by those it is trying to save? How important is it that an intervener will be effective and what does this mean in practice? The book then considers the more empirical question of whether (and to what extent) the current interveners actually possess these qualities, and therefore should intervene. For instance, how effective can we expect UN action to be in the future? Is NATO likely to use humanitarian means? Overall, itdevelops a particular normative conception of legitimacy for humanitarian intervention. It uses this conception of legitimacy to assess not only current interveners, but also the desirability of potential reforms to the mechanisms and agents of humanitarian intervention.

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Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility To Protect 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 responsibilityto protect asserts that when a state is fail...

Dr James Pattison was previously 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 companie...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:October 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Problem of Who Should Intervene2. Humanitarian Intervention and International Law3. Effectiveness and the Moderate Instrumentalist Approach4. An Intervener's Conduct: Humanitarian Intervention and Jus In Bello5. Representativeness and Humanitarian Intervention6. An Intervener's Humanitarian Credentials: Motives, Intentions, and Outcomes7. Assessing Current Interveners8. Reforms to the Agents and Mechanisms of Humanitarian Intervention9. Conclusion: Realizing Legitimate Humanitarian InterventionReferences