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Redefining Humanitarian Interventions in the 21st Century

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Law Mantra Online Journal
Issue number12
Number of pages24
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The transformation in the nature of war and of accompanying human rights violations have influenced the manner in which we think about sovereignty, non-intervention and the protection of human rights. The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria and the Security Council’s response to it has shown that the doctrine of humanitarian intervention is heavily influenced by factors other than the substantive act of violence. Accordingly, this paper discusses the legal element, but also throws light on the factors that influence the use, or abstention from the use, of armed humanitarian intervention. Further, in light of recent crisis, this paper evaluates the argument of a ‘new humanitarianism’ which may prove to be useful in a better understanding of the dynamics of armed conflicts and mass atrocities.