Kosovo: A Powerful Precedent for the Doctrine of Humanitarian Intervention
Fernando R. Tesón
Florida State University College of Law
Januari 26, 2009
Amsterdam Law Forum, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2009
NATO’s action in Kosovo constitutes the most important modern precedent for the legitimacy of unauthorized humanitarian intervention in appropriate cases. The article briefly examines the fact and shows that NATO countries evinced humanitarian intent. It then discusses the arguments against the legitimacy of the intervention and finds them wanting. In particular, critics of the intervention fail to explain why the incident is discarded as state practice. The article claims that world reaction to Kosovo, as well as appropriate interpretation of applicable law, confirm the validity of the precedent.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: Kosovo, precedent, doctrine, humanitarian, intervention, Georgia, independence, fernando, tesonAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 22, 2009
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