Debating the Future of the ‘Responsibility to Protect’: The by Pinar Gözen Ercan

By Pinar Gözen Ercan

This e-book examines the relevance of the accountability to guard (R2P) in responding to humanitarian demanding situations internationally. whereas arguing that R2P has advanced into a world ethical norm, Ercan concludes that R2P can't bring about a favorable switch within the overseas procedure with out being outfitted with new powers.

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539). Over centuries, the meaning of both words have undergone changes.  670). Otte traces the roots of the word ‘intervention’ back to Latin to identify what is in the nature of intervention. There are three meanings that come to surface: ‘(1) to step between, to appear; (2) to confront, to interrupt, to hinder, to disrupt; and (3) to interfere to either hinder or to arbitrate’.  5). As a term, ‘humanitarian intervention’ appears in the international law and politics literatures first with regard to the nineteenth century cases.

First, the Commission raised the criticism that humanitarian intervention as a right focuses, above all, on the ‘claims, rights, and prerogatives’ of the intervening state(s) rather than the needs of those who are the subjects of the atrocities, that is, ‘the potential beneficiaries’ of the intervention. Second, when emphasis is placed on intervention, this eventually omits the necessity ‘for either prior preventive effort or subsequent follow-up assistance’.  16). Bearing these criticisms of a right to intervene in mind, with its conceptualisation, the ICISS first brought to international community’s attention those in need of support, that is, the subjects of human suffering rather than the rights of the intervener(s).

In this respect, threats to or breaches of regional security, as is valid in contemporary cases, may provide legitimate grounds to intervene in the domestic matters of states.  5) asserts that the principle of non-intervention prevails in cases where a ‘government which needs foreign support to enforce obedience from its own citizens’ as he considers intervention of this sort as a support for despotism.  5) talks about the possibility of an intervention that receives ‘general approval, that is legitimacy may be considered to have passed into a maxim of what is called international law’.

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