Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations

18 December 2003

Jennifer Welsh

Print publication date: 2003 Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004 Print ISBN-13: 978-0-19-926721-7 DOI: 10.1093/0199267219.001.0001

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The issue of humanitarian intervention has generated one of the most heated debates in international relations over the past decade, for both theorists and practitioners. At its heart is the alleged tension between the principle of state sovereignty, and the evolving norms related to individual human rights. This edited collection examines the challenges to international society posed by humanitarian intervention in a post-September 11th world. It brings scholars of law, philosophy, and international relations together with those who have actively engaged in cases of intervention, in order to examine the legitimacy and consequences of the use of military force for humanitarian purposes. The book demonstrates why humanitarian intervention continues to be a controversial question not only for the United Nations but also for Western states and humanitarian organisations.