Humanitarian intervention: an inquiry into law and morality

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Transnational, 1997 - Law - 338 pages
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Intervention--the deliberate intrusion of a state or an internationally legitimized force into a country deemed guilty of large scale systematic violation of human rights--is probably the most controversial issue in modern world affairs. It has been dubbed "humanitarian," as humanitarianism is its raison d'etre, but its critics point not only to its frequent failure to improve a bad situation, but on occasion to make matters worse. Nevertheless, Professor Teson shows, it is a moral imperative that is at least permitted, if not demanded, by international law. Teson first argues that respect for human rights is the primary justification for states & governments, & that, accordingly, tyrannical governments have no international legitimacy. Then, following a detailed analysis of the UN Charter, customary law, & the Nicaragua case, he examines state interventions in Bangladesh, Central Africa, Uganda, & Grenada, as well as United Nations authorized interventions in Iraq, Somalia, Haiti, Rwanda, & Bosnia.

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