Use of force and the humanitarian face of intervention in the 21st century

Sen, Rohini (2014) Use of force and the humanitarian face of intervention in the 21st century. Wisconsin International Law Journal, 32 (3). pp. 457-484. ISSN 0743-7951

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Every now and then, there comes an event or a point that questions the long-standing legal doctrines. Unilateral humanitarian intervention is one such concept. Traditionally, humanitarian intervention finds very few takers, as it is deemed to be incompatible with existing norms of state sovereignty. It is argued that if the concept of unilateral humanitarian intervention is legalized, would "open a Pandora's box of military interventions that would disrupt the nation-state system and permit the forcible pursuit of political, economic, and security objectives far removed from alleged humanitarian concerns."' Having stated that, there is an urgent need to expand the scope of international law and reevaluate the concept, owing to the changing face of contemporary conflicts.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Humanitarian | 21st century | Human rights
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Human Rights
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Gena Veineithem
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2022 11:23
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2022 11:23
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