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The Duty to Protect

In Terry Nardin & Melissa Williams (eds.), Humanitarian Intervention. New York University Press (2006)

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  1. Is There a Duty to Militarily Intervene to Stop a Genocide?Uwe Steinhoff - forthcoming - In Christian Neuhäuser & Christoph Schuck (eds.), Military Interventions: Considerations from Philosophy and Political Science.
    Is there is a moral obligation to militarily intervene in another state to stop a genocide from happening (if this can be done with proportionate force)? My answer is that under exceptional circumstances a state or even a non-state actor might have a duty to stop a genocide (for example if these actors have promised to do so), but under most circumstances there is no such obligation. To wit, “humanity,” states, collectives, and individuals do not have an obligation to make (...)
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  • The Duty to Bring Children Living in Conflict Zones to a Safe Haven.Gottfried Schweiger - 2016 - Journal of Global Ethics 12 (3):380-397.
    In this paper, I will discuss a children’s rights-based argument for the duty of states, as a joint effort, to establish an effective program to help bring children out of conflict zones, such as parts of Syria, and to a safe haven. Children are among the most vulnerable subjects in violent conflicts who suffer greatly and have their human rights brutally violated as a consequence. Furthermore, children are also a group whose capacities to protect themselves are very limited, while their (...)
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  • L'intervention humanitaire peut-elle être conçue comme un «devoir parfait»?Stéphane Courtois - 2008 - Dialogue 47 (2):291-310.
    RÉSUMÉ: Cet article examine la thèse, soutenue récemment par Terry Nardin, Kok-Chor Tan et Carla Bagnoli, selon laquelle l'intervention humanitaire devrait être considérée, non plus comme un devoir imparfait, mais, les conditions de permissivité étant satisfaites, comme un devoir parfait, c'est-à-dire une obligation inconditionnelle réclamée par la justice. Après avoir exposé les raisons pour lesquelles il convient de supporter une teIle position, il met néanmoins en évidence certaines des difficultés qui s'y rattachent et tente de leur apporter des éléments de (...)
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  • Humanitarian Intervention and Historical Responsibility.Fredrik D. Hjorthen & Göran Duus-Otterström - 2016 - Journal of Global Ethics 12 (2):187-203.
    ABSTRACTSome suggest that the duty of humanitarian intervention should be discharged by states that are historically responsible for the occurrence of violence. A fundamental problem with this suggestion is that historically responsible states might be ill-suited to intervene because they are unlikely to enjoy support from the local population. Cécile Fabre has suggested a way around that problem, arguing that responsible states ought to pay for humanitarian interventions even though they ought not to take part in the military operations. We (...)
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  • Humanitäre Intervention - eine supererogatorische Praxis?Dieter Witschen - 2017 - Zeitschrift Für Praktische Philosophie 4 (2):169-190.
    Ob eine militärische humanitäre Intervention als Nothilfe für die Opfer von Menschenrechtsverbrechen sogar eine supererogatorische Praxis sein kann, diese Frage wird in der angewandten Ethik selten erörtert. Mit ihr kommen die intervenierenden Soldaten in den Blick, die bei ihrem Einsatz unter extraordinären Umständen gravierende Risiken und Belastungen auf sich nehmen. Da eine supererogatorische Handlungsweise mehrere Kriterien wie u.a. die des Supraobligatorischen, der Freiwilligkeit, einer uneigennützigen Motivation, der Verantwortbarkeit kumulativ zu erfüllen hat, ist deren Einzelprüfung vorzunehmen, um zu einem Gesamturteil kommen (...)
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  • The Limits of Kant’s Cosmopolitanism: Theory, Practice, and the Crisis in Syria.Matthew C. Altman - 2017 - Kantian Review 22 (2):179-204.
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  • Assessing the Responsibility to Protect’s Motivational Capacity: The Role of Humanity.Samuel Jarvis - 2018 - Journal of International Political Theory 14 (1):107-124.
    While the concept of humanity is most often referred to as the moral source of the Responsibility to Protect’s motivational capacity, humanity’s normative status and value has continued to be left assumed and/or unexplored. Consequently, there remains a considerable lack of analysis into humanity’s role in supposedly helping to both locate moral harm and subsequently provide a motivational cause that can drive protection practices in support of the Responsibility to Protect principle. In response to this lacuna, this article puts forward (...)
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