Sovereignty Is No Longer Sacrosanct: Codifying Humanitarian Intervention

Authors

  • Jarat Chopra,

    1. Visiting Research Fellow at Brown University's Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies
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  • Thomas G. Weiss

    1. Associate Director, Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies, and Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Affidirs at Brown University. He has written extensively on international peace and security and the United Nations. He is currently codirecting the “Humanitarianism and War” project and working on a book on “Collective Security in a Changing World.”
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Abstract

Chopra and Weiss address perhaps the fundamental issue in international relations today: the sacrosanct sets of sovereignty. The word “sovereignty” explains why the international community has difficulty countering human rights violations. The authors address questions such as “Is there a line between a state's sovereignty and the international community?”, and “Can there be laws to guide states and collections of states in determining when this line can or should be violated?” by studying recent cases where human rights came into conflict with intervention.

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