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Military intervention for humanitarian purposes: does the Responsibility to Protect doctrine advance the legality of the use of force for humanitarian ends?

31-12-2009 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 876, by Eve Massingham

The Responsibility to Protect is being touted as a new approach to protecting populations from mass atrocities. This paper specifically addresses the evolution of the legality of humanitarian intervention and looks at whether the Responsibility to Protect doctrine advances the legality of the use of force for humanitarian ends.

  Eve Massingham is an International Humanitarian Law Officer with the Australian Red Cross. She has completed studies in law, international law and international development.  

 

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