Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Power of DeliberationInternational Law, Politics and Organizations$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ian Johnstone

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195394931

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394931.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 09 July 2020

Responsibility to Protect

Responsibility to Protect

(p.56) 4 Responsibility to Protect
The Power of Deliberation

Ian Johnstone (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by describing the United Nations Security Council (SC) as a four-tier deliberative setting, where at least minimal preconditions for reasoned argumentation exist. It then examines the debates over the Kosovo intervention, arguing that the positions taken in those debates can only be explained by the notion of discourse within an interpretive community, and that ultimately the discourse affected how the Kosovo episode played out. The chapter considers the broader normative impact of that episode, focusing on the “responsibility to protect” (R2P). It gives special attention to the role of the UN Secretary-General as norm entrepreneur—an influential voice who not only participated in the debates over the legality of intervention but mobilized international support for the emerging norm. While that story is far from over, it illustrates how legal argumentation within an interpretive community can generate soft law that may someday crystallize as hard law.

Keywords:   United Nations Security Council, legal argumentation, Kosovo intervention, debates, interpretive community, soft law

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .