Humanitarian intervention

Norman Geras

in Crimes Against Humanity

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780719082412
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702086 | DOI:
Humanitarian intervention

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This chapter considers the relation between crimes against humanity and the idea of humanitarian intervention, and asks, more specifically, if there is a right of humanitarian intervention. The idea of humanitarian intervention is an integral part of the intellectual and legal prehistory of the concept of crimes against humanity, and that is one reason for discussing it here. But a second reason for doing so is that it is a source of much political controversy today, and the questions that are in dispute about it are closely related to the purposes of crimes-against-humanity law.

Keywords: crimes against humanity; humanitarian intervention; human rights

Chapter.  4649 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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