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Humanitarian Intervention in the 1990s and Beyond: An International Law Perspective

  • Wil D. Verwey
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Abstract

In international law, the concept of ‘humanitarian intervention’ has a fairly well-established meaning, which differs from, and is narrower than, the way the concept seems to be understood in political science and the sociology of international relations. In the literature of these disciplines, the concept is not seldom vaguely circumscribed, if at all, with the meaning of the terms ‘intervention’ and/or ‘humanitarian’ left unclear. Apparently, in these disciplines, the concept can be used more or less at one’s discretion, according to the individual author’s preference, comprising virtually any possible form of (external) interference with human rights issues. This is not the case in international law, in which the concept has a more confined meaning determined by the various legal conditions and consequences of specific modalities of foreign interference with human rights violations.

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United Nations Armed Force Security Council Humanitarian Intervention Enforcement Action 
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