Chapter

Armed Intervention for Humanity

Robert Jackson

in The Global Covenant

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780199262014
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601033 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199262012.003.0010
 Armed Intervention for Humanity

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This chapter explores the issue of armed intervention in sovereign states where there are gross violations of human rights or other humanitarian problems, but no obvious threats to peace and security. Four cases of intervention are considered: Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, and Kosovo. It argues that the grounds for legitimate and lawful armed intervention in sovereign states, jus ad bellum, was restricted by international society during the course of the 20th century. However, interventions at the end of the century raise questions on whether these grounds are being expanded, and if so, can this be justified in a pluralist world.

Keywords: armed intervention; human rights; international relations; Iraq; Somalia; Bosnia; Kosovo

Chapter.  22098 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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