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Humanitarian Intervention and Medical Epidemics

Bruce M Landesman

in Law and Bioethics

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199545520
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191721113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso:acprof/9780199545520.003.0024

Series: Current Legal Issues

Humanitarian Intervention and Medical Epidemics

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This chapter discusses humanitarian intervention in general and examines what can be said for and against it. It considers whether medical epidemics pose any new issues for the validity of such intervention. It is argued that intervention is sometimes permissible or mandatory in the face of medical epidemics. But humanitarian intervention is a tool that can be effectively used only on rare occasions. Thus, we need a better way of dealing with the recurrent problems of the world's poor, medical and otherwise.

Keywords: humanitarian intervention; rules of war; medical epidemics

Chapter.  6190 words. 

Subjects: Medical and Healthcare Law

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