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Should International Law Recognize a Right of Humanitarian Intervention?

O'Meara, CJ; (2017) Should International Law Recognize a Right of Humanitarian Intervention? International & Comparative Law Quarterly , 66 (2) pp. 441-466. 10.1017/S0020589317000057. Green open access

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Abstract

The ongoing Syrian civil war calls for a re-evaluation of using force to protect human rights. This article does not rake over the much-debated issue of whether a right of humanitarian intervention exists as lex lata. Instead, it addresses the little reviewed normative issue of whether the right should exist in international law to support and reflect a pluralistic understanding of sovereignty. Despite advancements in international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law, this wider fabric of international law preserves Westphalian sovereignty and the principle of non-intervention. It denies any right of humanitarian intervention.

Type: Article
Title: Should International Law Recognize a Right of Humanitarian Intervention?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0020589317000057
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0020589317000057
Language: English
Additional information: © British Institute of International and Comparative Law 2017.
Keywords: Humanitarian intervention, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, jus ad bellum, sovereignty
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1543628
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