The Road from Syria to Ukraine
American Society of International Law Insights (Volume 19, Issue 16) (2015)
7 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2015
Date Written: July 21, 2015
The concept of humanitarian intervention offers a possible solution for the crisis in Syria, it also provides legal justification for Russia’s actions in Ukraine. The ease with which the concept of humanitarian intervention can be used for subjective use of force determinations is extremely troubling and raises a difficult question. What poses a greater risk to international peace: a humanitarian crisis or a subjective legal basis that empowers nations to unilaterally initiate international armed conflict?
Keywords: Humanitarian Intervention, Law of Armed Conflict, R2P, Responsibility to Protect, Syria Civil War, Ukraine, Russia, internal armed conflict
JEL Classification: K33
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