The Road from Syria to Ukraine

American Society of International Law Insights (Volume 19, Issue 16) (2015)

7 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2015

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Shane Reeves

United States Military Academy, West Point

Winston Williams

United States Military Academy, West Point

Date Written: July 21, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Reeves, Shane and Williams, Winston, The Road from Syria to Ukraine (July 21, 2015). American Society of International Law Insights (Volume 19, Issue 16) (2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2666748

Shane Reeves (Contact Author)

United States Military Academy, West Point ( email )

600 Thayer Rd
West Point, NY 10996
United States

Winston Williams

United States Military Academy, West Point ( email )

600 Thayer Rd
West Point, NY 10996
United States

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