The Responsibility to Protect, Conflict Prevention, and the ius ad bellum: What Role for Democracy?
Stephanie Fenkart, Heinz Gärtner, Hannes Swoboda (eds), Gerechte Intervention? Zwischen Gewaltverbot und Schutzverantwortung (LIT Verlag 2017), pp. 167-190
23 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2017 Last revised: 4 Dec 2017
Date Written: November 29, 2017
The Responsibility to Protect goes way beyond a mere political and legal framework for the use of force in cases of mass atrocities. On the contrary, democracy, i.e. first and foremost the peaceful transfer of governmental authority, plays a key role in this connection. At the same time, one must not underestimate the potential detrimental impact of elections in countries and situations marked by ethnic, cultural, or religious tensions.
Keywords: democracy, international law, international relations, responsibility to protect, conflict prevention, ius post bellum, state building, nation building, sovereignty
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