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Human Rights, Intervention, and the Use of Force$
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Philip Alston and Euan Macdonald

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199552719

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552719.001.0001

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The Schizophrenias of R2P

The Schizophrenias of R2P

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(p.275) 8 The Schizophrenias of R2P
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Human Rights, Intervention, and the Use of Force
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José E Alvarez (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552719.003.0008

This chapter focuses on the current state of debates over humanitarian intervention, by examining a concept that is all the rage in UN circles, namely the ‘responsibility to protect’ (R2P). It cautions against turning R2P from political rhetoric to legal norm. It presents an alternative, more positive title for the analysis — ‘two cheers for humanitarian intervention’.

Keywords:   responsibility to protect, sovereignty, security, legal responsibility, humanitarian intervention

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