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Debating Humanitarian InterventionShould We Try to Save Strangers?$
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Fernando Tesón and Bas van der Vossen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190202903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190202903.001.0001

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Further Issues in Humanitarian Intervention

Further Issues in Humanitarian Intervention

(p.129) 5 Further Issues in Humanitarian Intervention
Debating Humanitarian Intervention

Fernando R. Tesón

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The chapter examines three issues addressed in the literature. The first is the objection that governments cannot be trusted with making these intervention decisions. The chapter accepts the force of the objection, but argues that such government failure must be part of the proportionality calculus. The second issue is whether consent matters for intervention. The chapter claims that the consent of the victims' fellow citizens is irrelevant, as is the consent of the incumbent regime and its supporters. And finally, the chapter proposes an alliance of rights-respecting governments as the more plausible institutional alternative to approve and supervise justified interventions.

Keywords:   government failure, consent, authority, public choice, rule-consequentialism, act-consequentialism, intervener failure

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