A ‘Responsibility to Democratise’? The ‘Responsibility to Protect’ in Light of Regime Change and the ‘Pro-Democratic’ Intervention Discourse

R.A. Barnes, V.P. Tzevelekos (eds.), Beyond Responsibility to Protect: Generating Change in International Law (Cambridge et al.: Intersentia, 2016), pp. 53-70

11 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2016

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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: August 2, 2016

Abstract

We argue that R2P has transformed the discourse on Libya and Syria by clothing a democratic agenda with humanitarian wording. What is referred to as R2P plays out in practice as what could be called a ‘responsibility to democratise’. Regime change is the underlying tenor. Thereby, these cases should be viewed as not only standing within the tradition of humanitarian intervention but also as part of ‘pro-democratic’ intervention discourse. However, rather than synthesising the two in common perception, the concept of R2P has somewhat claimed both cases for itself and cloaked the idea of democratisation, a notion that might be perceived as ‘Western’ imperialism.

Keywords: democratic legitimacy, responsibility to protect, pro-democratic intervention, Kant, Wilson, Libya, Security Council

JEL Classification: K33, F50, F51

Suggested Citation

Beham, Markus and Janik, Ralph R. A., A ‘Responsibility to Democratise’? The ‘Responsibility to Protect’ in Light of Regime Change and the ‘Pro-Democratic’ Intervention Discourse (August 2, 2016). R.A. Barnes, V.P. Tzevelekos (eds.), Beyond Responsibility to Protect: Generating Change in International Law (Cambridge et al.: Intersentia, 2016), pp. 53-70. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2817363

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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