To Russia with Love: How Moral Arguments for a Humanitarian Intervention in Syria Opened the Door for an Invasion of the Ukraine

23 Mich. St. Int'l L. Rev. 199 (2015)

32 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2017

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Shane Reeves

United States Military Academy, West Point

Date Written: January 30, 2017

Abstract

"This article will support this proposition by first exploring the shared history of R2P and humanitarian intervention to highlight how the doctrines diverged on the question of unilateral use of military force in a mass atrocity situation. In contrast to R2P, humanitarian intervention equates the moral imperative to stop an ongoing mass atrocity with legal justification, and thus, a discussion on the associated problems with this position and the risks of creating legal authority based upon moral judgments will follow. The article will conclude that finding an independent legal basis for use of force outside the existing jus ad bellum construct is ill-advised as it may harbor a return to the international Darwinism that led to the wars of annihilation in the 20th Century."

Keywords: Russia, Syria, Humanitarian Intervention, Ukraine, International Law, R2P, Military Force, Moral Judgments

Suggested Citation

Reeves, Shane, To Russia with Love: How Moral Arguments for a Humanitarian Intervention in Syria Opened the Door for an Invasion of the Ukraine (January 30, 2017). 23 Mich. St. Int'l L. Rev. 199 (2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2908126

Shane Reeves (Contact Author)

United States Military Academy, West Point ( email )

600 Thayer Rd
West Point, NY 10996
United States

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