Justifications of Inaction: Responsibility and Non-Intervention in Genocide
Title: Justifications of Inaction: Responsibility and Non-Intervention in Genocide
Author: PELTONEN, Hannes
Publisher: Lambert Academic Publishing
Citation: Saarbrücken, Lambert Academic Publishing, 2012
This book's theme is located at the intersection of international relations, international law, and ethics. It provides an excellent overview of discussions on 'humanitarian' intervention during the last decades and an original and fruitful contribution to them. It clarifies some of the issues those debates left largely untouched. Peltonen's approach reverses the burden of proof and investigates why and under what circumstances non-intervention by members of the international community could be justified. Albeit this 'reversal' anticipates many of the later doctrinal innovations (e.g. in the Responsibility to Protect), Peltonen is not a simple observer of trends who just happened to have had the right intuition where the debate was going after the atrocities of Rwanda and the Balkans. Rather than a contribution to the never ending saga of human 'progress' and the apotheosis of universal human rights, Peltonen provides a thoughtful, prudent piece of work that will be read with profit by international relations specialists, international theorists, international lawyers, and, mirabile dictum, even by decision-makers.
Table of Contents:
Acknowledgments i List of Tables and Figures v Abbreviations vii INTRODUCTION 1 1. GENERAL RESEARCH APPROACH 15 2. A POINT OF DEPARTURE 55 3. ON RESPONSIBILITY 107 4. “VARYING DEGREES OF RESPONSIBILITY” MODEL AND GENOCIDE 139 5. RWANDA IN 1994 AND JUSTIFICATIONS OF NON-INTERVENTION 173 6. LESSONS LEARNED 217 BIBLIOGRAPHY 237