Skip to main content

Humanitarian Intervention at the Margins: An Examination of Recent Incidents

Posted by on Monday, July 3, 2017 in Articles, Blog, Left column, Notes, Vol. 50 No. 2, Volume 50, Volumes.

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.

Tags: , ,


  • Consulenza legale

    July 6th, 2017

    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…

Leave a Response

ExpressO Top 10 Law Review


The Journal is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 Board of Editors. Complete-Masthead-2018-2019

Vanderbilt University Law School Professor Michael A. Newton’s 2016 VJTL Article entitled How the International Criminal Court Threatens Treaty Norms  was cited by the International Criminal Court prosecutor’s November 2017 filing seeking investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan.

May 2018 Issue on the Second Israel Defense Forces International Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict. Read more about the Journal’s May 2018 issue here.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Journal’s 50th Anniversary celebration on October 5, 2017! View photos from the event here and read about the Journal’s history here.

Connect with the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law on LinkedIn.

The Journal is pleased to listed as the #5 International Law Journal by the 2017 Washington and Lee Law Journal Rankings.

The Journal is very excited about the success of our February 2017 Symposium, “Sovereign Conduct on the Margins of the Law.” Read more about our February 2017 Symposium here

Please join us in congratulating the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 2017-2018 Write-On Competition Winners.

Video is available from the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law’s 2015-2016 SymposiumThis is Not a Drill: Confronting Legal Issues in the Wake of International Disasters. Watch here.