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Intervention in a ‘Divided World’: Axes of Legitimacy

Nathaniel Berman

in Human Rights, Intervention, and the Use of Force

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199552719
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191721090 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552719.003.0006

Series: Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law

 Intervention in a ‘Divided World’: Axes of Legitimacy

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This chapter analyses the legitimacy of international intervention in local conflicts. It argues for the rejection of the quest for an international community that would finally have achieved status and coherence. Rather, it advocates a focus on the situational, provisional aspect of legitimacy, on the way internationalist actors must continually seek to re-achieve legitimacy in relation to a variety of constituencies, and in the face of ever-changing developments. In short, the chapter argues for an understanding of internationalist legitimacy which is less foundational and more vulnerable, less static and more tentative, less certain and more messy.

Keywords: international intervention; local conflict; unity; legitimization; internationalism; status; coherence

Chapter.  13255 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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