Fighting the Humanitarian War

Justifications and limitations

Authored by: Jennifer Mei Sze Ang

Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  June  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415539340
eBook ISBN: 9780203107164
Adobe ISBN: 9781136261008


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With closer cooperation between nations after the Cold War, the number of peacekeeping missions increased exponentially in response to the rise in intense conscience-shocking humanitarian catastrophes in the 1990s. These missions brought to light the limitation of traditional peacekeeping principles under new circumstances and provoked an urgent response by the international community, leading to the adoption of the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) in the 2005 World Summit. The RtoP signaled the emergence of a new international norm, one which affirms the international commitment to “never again” allow humanitarian catastrophes of such a scale to occur, while reworking existing obligations already laid down in international law.

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