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

31 December 2009 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.

About the author

Eve Massingham
International humanitarian law officer with the Australian Red Cross