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Consistency, Protection, Responsibility: Revisiting the Debate on Selective Humanitarianism

Crossley, N; (2020) Consistency, Protection, Responsibility: Revisiting the Debate on Selective Humanitarianism. Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations , 26 (3) pp. 473-499. 10.1163/19426720-02603001. Green open access

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Abstract

Selective humanitarianism, it has been argued, may be condonable, or even preferable. Several arguments have been proffered in support of these views. This article revisits these arguments in light of the emergence of a discourse of protection and responsibility that now incorporates a wider spectrum of protection measures available to agents, of which armed intervention is but one. Consistency is an essential characteristic of ethics and the law – inconsistent practice diminishes the prospects of the development of norms of protection and associated practices and institutions. Furthermore, inconsistent practice means that fewer people receive protection from egregious violations of human rights. If the principles associated with human protection and humanitarianism are to become established norms of international society, international policy must be coherent, and international practice must be consistent.

Type: Article
Title: Consistency, Protection, Responsibility: Revisiting the Debate on Selective Humanitarianism
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1163/19426720-02603001
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1163/19426720-02603001
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Selective intervention, consistency, norms, international law, humanitarianism, human protection, responsibility to protect, civilian protection
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10078505
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