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Humanitarian Intervention at the Margins: An Examination of Recent Incidents

PDF · Peter Tzeng · Jul-3-2017 · 50 VAND. J. TRANSNAT'L L. 415 ()

Scholarship on humanitarian intervention is plentiful, but actual examples of state practice and opinio juris are sparse. Thus, critics conclude, the doctrine of humanitarian intervention has no legal basis in international law. This Article challenges this viewpoint. It does so by departing from the traditional framework of international law and adopting an alternative framework of analysis: the study of incidents. Through an examination of seven incidents over the past decade, this Article reveals that the doctrine of humanitarian intervention, though not yet an established norm of international law, functions to widen traditional exceptions to the prohibition on the use of force.




One Response to “Humanitarian Intervention at the Margins: An Examination of Recent Incidents”

  1. There is always talk of humanitarian relief interventions by the army and NGOs but almost never of international sanctions towards countries that make the necessary humanitarian interventions. We must often give legal advice to refugees who can not enforce their rights, except with enormous difficulties and long times because the aid process is not well-structured beyond the first emergency aid intervention…
    Si parla sempre di interventi umanitari di soccorso da parte di esercito e ONG ma quasi mai di sanzioni internazionali verso i Paesi che rendono gli interventi umanitari necessari. Dobbiamo spesso dare consulenza legale a rifugiati che non riescono a far valere i propri diritti, se non con enormi difficoltà e tempi lunghissimi perché il processo di aiuto non è ben strutturato oltre il primo intervento di aiuto in emergenza…

    posted on July 6th, 2017 at 6:01 am

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