The interventionist discourse

Sibylle Scheipers

in Negotiating Sovereignty and Human Rights

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780719080098
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703021 | DOI:
The interventionist discourse

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This chapter is devoted to the interventionist discourse. Though interventionists are aware of the relevance of international law and human rights, they oppose the legalistic idea that human rights are best enforced by professional legal bodies such as the ICC. Instead, they argue that the implementation of human rights on a global scale should be left to powerful states, to which they attribute the role of vigilantes. Vigilantes are actors that enforce legal provisions on behalf of the international society, thereby substituting themselves for the central authority that the international society is lacking. Interventionists hold that the ICC in its eventual shape represents an impediment to the enforcement of human rights on a global scale rather than facilitating this task, since the Rome Statute does not reflect the exceptional role of great powers.

Keywords: international law; interventionists; ICC; human rights; vigilantes

Chapter.  10198 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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