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The Global CovenantHuman Conduct in a World of States$
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Robert Jackson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199262014

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199262012.001.0001

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Armed Intervention for Humanity

Armed Intervention for Humanity

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(p.249) 10 Armed Intervention for Humanity
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The Global Covenant
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Robert Jackson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199262012.003.0010

This chapter explores the issue of armed intervention in sovereign states where there are gross violations of human rights or other humanitarian problems, but no obvious threats to peace and security. Four cases of intervention are considered: Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, and Kosovo. It argues that the grounds for legitimate and lawful armed intervention in sovereign states, jus ad bellum, was restricted by international society during the course of the 20th century. However, interventions at the end of the century raise questions on whether these grounds are being expanded, and if so, can this be justified in a pluralist world.

Keywords:   armed intervention, human rights, international relations, Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo

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