Humanitarian Intervention

Ramesh Thakur

in The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199560103
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 Humanitarian Intervention

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This article looks at the use of military force to protect human beings, or humanitarian intervention. This is the extension of fourth-century arguments by St. Augustine and seventh-century arguments by Hugo Grotius. The article first examines humanitarian interventions by colonial powers during the nineteenth century. It also discusses the fastest-moving normative development of modern times, namely that the rights of human beings sometimes trump those of the states where they live.

Keywords: military force; humanitarian intervention; St. Augustine; Hugo Grotius; arguments; colonial powers; normative development

Article.  7915 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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