The Jar of Pandora? Striking a Balance between the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ and the Stability of International and Regional Peace and Security in Libya

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Markus Beham

University of Vienna - Section for International Law & International Relations

Ralph R. A. Janik

University of Vienna - Section for International Law & International Relations; Webster University - Vienna Campus

Date Written: 31 12, 2013

Abstract

Assisting regime-change in Libya by authorising the use of force under Chapter VII of the UN Charter has been praised by many enthusiasts of the ‘responsibility to protect’ as a major step in implementing the concept. Regime-change itself was not mandated by resolutions 1970 and 1973. However, protecting civilians from atrocities was a major (rhetorical) factor, not only in the resolutions themselves but also in diplomatic discussions and media coverage. Yet what if the payoff of such an international policy means opening the metaphorical ‘Jar of Pandora’ by releasing a whole new number of unintended consequences? The contribution considers the situation in Libya itself after the revolution, the significant cross-border effects of regime change upon Mali, and its impact on the full-blown civil war that is being waged in Syria.

Keywords: regime change, use of force, responsibility to protect, Libya, Mali, Syria

JEL Classification: K33, F50, F51

Suggested Citation

Beham, Markus and Janik, Ralph R. A., The Jar of Pandora? Striking a Balance between the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ and the Stability of International and Regional Peace and Security in Libya (31 12, 2013). Austrian Review of International and European Law, Vol. 18, 2013, pp. 41-69. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2817323

Markus Beham (Contact Author)

University of Vienna - Section for International Law & International Relations ( email )

Schottenbastei 10-16
Vienna, 1010
Austria

HOME PAGE: http://intlaw.univie.ac.at

Ralph R. A. Janik

University of Vienna - Section for International Law & International Relations ( email )

Schottenbastei 10-16
Vienna, 1010
Austria

Webster University - Vienna Campus ( email )

Berchtoldgase 1
Vienna, 1220
Austria

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