I would like to thank Kok-Chor Tan and an anonymous reviewer for their comments on an earlier version of the article.
Is There a Duty to Intervene? Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect†
Article first published online: 6 JUN 2013
© 2013 The Author. Philosophy Compass © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Volume 8, Issue 6, pages 570–579, June 2013
How to Cite
Pattison, J. (2013), Is There a Duty to Intervene? Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect. Philosophy Compass, 8: 570–579. doi: 10.1111/phc3.12038
Corrections added on 19 May 2014 after initial online publication on 06 June 2013. Text amendments have been incorporated into this version of the article that were missed during the production of the article.
- Issue published online: 6 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 6 JUN 2013
This article considers the duty to undertake humanitarian intervention. It first examines the arguments for the duty to intervene and questions the possibility of supererogatory humanitarian intervention. It then considers the leading objections to this duty which, it is argued, are largely unpersuasive. In the final section, the article considers the duty to intervene in the context of the responsibility to protect doctrine, which provides the framework within which debates about humanitarian intervention now in large part occur.