Delimitation of Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: A Conceptual Approach

In: Vasilka Sancin and Maša Kovič Dine (eds), Responsibility to Protect in Theory and Practice (Ljubljana, GV Založba 2013) pp. 727-761

38 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2013

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Gabor Sulyok

Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) - Centre for Social Sciences; Széchenyi István University - Faculty of Law and Political Sciences

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

The responsibility to protect was conceived over a decade ago to remedy certain theoretical and practical shortcomings of the doctrine of humanitarian intervention, and to reconceptualize the increasingly frustrating debate on the subject. These objectives inevitably raise the need to delimitate the two categories on a conceptual level. This paper seeks to accomplish that task by briefly introducing and comparing the evolution and principal conceptual elements of humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect. Bearing in mind that humanitarian intervention has never had a generally accepted definition, the delimitation promises to be a rather challenging academic endeavour, but its results may contribute to a better understanding of the responsibility to protect.

Keywords: concept, definition, delimitation, humanitarian intervention, responsibility to protect

Suggested Citation

Sulyok, Gabor, Delimitation of Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: A Conceptual Approach (2013). In: Vasilka Sancin and Maša Kovič Dine (eds), Responsibility to Protect in Theory and Practice (Ljubljana, GV Založba 2013) pp. 727-761, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2256353

Gabor Sulyok (Contact Author)

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Széchenyi István University - Faculty of Law and Political Sciences ( email )

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