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Challenges for Humanitarian Intervention: Ethical Demand and Political Reality

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2019.03.37 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews C. A. J. Coady, Ned Dobos, and Sagar Sanyal (eds.), Challenges for Humanitarian Intervention: Ethical Demand and Political Reality, Oxford University Press, 2018, 224pp., $60.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198812852. Reviewed by Jeff Holzgrefe, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford International law criminalizes acts of genocide, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and war crimes. The same international law also bans the use of military force except in self-defence or with the approval of the UN Security Council. From this it follows that states require the approval of the UN Security Council if they wish to employ military force to stop other states from massacring their own citizens within their own borders. When that approval is withheld, states willing to stop such atrocities must choose between helplessly watching the carnage continue and violating the bright-line international legal ban on the use of force against other states. Most legal positivists make the consequentialist argument that, as tragic... Read More

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