Type: Contribution to book
Alexandra GHECIU and William C. WOHLFORTH (eds), The Oxford handbook of international security, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018, pp. 457-470[IOW]
WELSH, Jennifer M., Humanitarian intervention, in Alexandra GHECIU and William C. WOHLFORTH (eds), The Oxford handbook of international security, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018, pp. 457-470[IOW] - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/60604
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This chapter examines the ethical and political controversies that have accompanied humanitarian intervention (coercive interference by outside actors to address humanitarian suffering within the sovereign jurisdiction of a state). It begins with a historical discussion of the development of humanitarian intervention as a political (rather than legal) practice distinct both from interstate war and formal empire, and how issues of mixed motives, inconsistency, and uncertainties around appropriate scope have affected its legitimacy. The next section examines how humanitarian intervention was “multilateralized” through changing Security Council practice after the end of the Cold War and the development of the principle of the Responsibility to Protect. The chapter concludes by analysing how material and psychological factors are constraining the practice of humanitarian intervention in our contemporary era, despite the normative power of individual-centric notions of security.
Online Publication Date: Apr 2018; Print Publication Date: Mar 2018
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/60604
Full-text via DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198777854.013.30
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Grant number: FP7/340956/EU
Sponsorship and Funder information:
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007-2013) / ERC Grant Agreement No 340956 - IOW - The Individualisation of War: Reconfiguring the Ethics, Law, and Politics of Armed Conflict.
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