Reading Humanitarian Intervention: Human Rights and the Use of Force in International Law by Anne OrfordReading Humanitarian Intervention: Human Rights and the Use of Force in International Law by Anne Orford

Reading Humanitarian Intervention: Human Rights and the Use of Force in International Law

byAnne Orford

Paperback | December 3, 2007

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Humanitarian intervention seemed to promise a world in which human rights would be privileged over national interests or imperial ambitions during the 1990s. This book argues that humanitarian intervention had far more exploitative effects and draws on feminist, postcolonial, legal and psychoanalytic theory to provide an innovative reading of the narratives accompanying humanitarian intervention, a field which has received very little critical analysis. It concludes by considering what has been lost in the transference of concerns from humanitarian intervention to the war on terror.
ANNE ORFORD is Senior Lecturer in the Law School at the University of Melbourne.
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Title:Reading Humanitarian Intervention: Human Rights and the Use of Force in International LawFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:December 3, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521047668

ISBN - 13:9780521047661

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Watching East Timor; 2. Misreading the texts of international law; 3. Localizing the other: the imaginative geography of humanitarian intervention; 4. Self-determination after intervention: the international community and post-conflict reconstruction; 5. The constitution of the international community: colonial stereotypes and humanitarian narratives; 6. Dreams of human rights; Bibliography; Index.

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"If the best test of significance of a book is whether is makes you rethink a familiar topic, then this study of humanitarian intervention passes with flying colors...It deserves the widest possible reading, and is a fine complement to the more conventional..." Political Science Quarterly