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Intervening in Mass Atrocities: The Way Forward
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims to critically assess the threemain approaches for the legal and political future of humanitarianintervention. It does so through the use of a normative and, to a lesser extent, a dogmatic methodology. The thesis thoroughly examines whether the relevant provisions of the UN Charter provide a satisfactory legal framework. Acknowledging the deficiencies of existing international law, the thesis brings underscrutiny the position that the law should be disregarded. Finding such a worldorder to be unacceptable, the thesis further sets off to explore potential legal and political reforms. The conclusion of the analysis is that a reform must consist of two elements in order to be both effective and legitimate. First, the codification of criteria under which humanitarian intervention is recognised as a legal right. Second, an institutional reform that mitigates the opportunities for states to pursue their political self-interests.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 70 p.
Keyword [en]
international law, humanitarian intervention, un, united nations, icc, r2p, responsibility to protect, uniting for peace
Keyword [sv]
folkrätt, humanitär, intervention, fn, icc, r2p, responsibility to protect, uniting for peace
National Category
Law (excluding Law and Society)
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-216098OAI: diva2:688876
Educational program
Law Programme
Available from: 2014-02-26 Created: 2014-01-17 Last updated: 2014-02-26Bibliographically approved

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