The Schizophrenias of R2P

José E Alvarez

in Human Rights, Intervention, and the Use of Force

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199552719
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191721090 | DOI:

Series: Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law

 The Schizophrenias of R2P

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This chapter focuses on the current state of debates over humanitarian intervention, by examining a concept that is all the rage in UN circles, namely the ‘responsibility to protect’ (R2P). It cautions against turning R2P from political rhetoric to legal norm. It presents an alternative, more positive title for the analysis — ‘two cheers for humanitarian intervention’.

Keywords: responsibility to protect; sovereignty; security; legal responsibility; humanitarian intervention

Chapter.  4678 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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