The Evolution of the Doctrine and Practice of Humanitarian Intervention

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Francis Kofi Abiew
Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1999 - Political Science - 325 pages
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The topic of humanitarian intervention has become increasingly significant since the end of the Cold War. Despite a substantial body of literature on the subject in the past, recent developments justify a contemporary study of the subject. This book is not only timely, given the crises which have occasioned United Nations interventions over the past several years, but enduring, as international political structures undergo stress and reform, and as international law and international relations theorists grapple with the sovereignty/intervention problem. It defends the emergence of a right of humanitarian intervention and argues that state sovereignty is not incompatible with humanitarian intervention. After a thorough review of historical precedents, the book concludes by assessing contemporary developments in terms of sources of support for intervention on humanitarian grounds.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
11
THE TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE AND PRACTICE OF HUMANITARIAN
21
THE RIGHT OF HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION IN
61
The UN Charters effect on humanitarian intervention
91
CaseStudies of State Practice from 19451989
102
TABLE OF CONTENTS
113
Conclusion
132
Northern Iraq
145
The Former Yugoslavia
175
Rwanda
189
Liberia
200
Haiti
212
Conclusion
221
Assessment of PostCold War Practice
228
The Role of Epistemic Communities in Forging
258
CONCLUSION
277

Somalia
159

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Francis Kofi Abiew is Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Alberta, Canada.

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