R2P and Protective Intervention
13 Pages Posted: 31 May 2016 Last revised: 1 Jun 2017
Date Written: May 31, 2016
This essay will be part of a festschrift in honor of Professor Henry Richardson and focuses on important issues that he raised in a keynote address on Critical Perspectives on Intervention. This essay will address three of his suggestions: (1) Charter-based limitations of Security Council authority, (2) permissible regional action by regional organizations, and (3) a textually sound and policy-serving interpretation of Article 2, paragraph 4, of the U.N. Charter that can serve human rights, self-determination of peoples, and underlying purposes of R2P. Also addressed are the propriety of related forms of self-determination assistance and collective self-defense at the request of a victimized people.
Keywords: African Charter, Article 2(4), Article 52, atrocities, crimes against humanity, collective, genocide, Grotius, human right, humanitarian, intervention, jus cogens, Kosovo, NATO, protective, R2P, regional action, regional organization, Security Council, self-defense, self-determination, U.N. Charter
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