A few weeks ago the EU has won the Nobel Prize for Peace, much to the surprise of ordinary people and politicians alike. Though, if one closely observes Oslo’s decision-making in the last years, one shouldn’t have been surprised: Peace is not defined by the protection of innocent lives and human rights any longer – […]

In this article I am going to defend Fernando R. Tesón’s liberal moral argument that military intervention which prevents or ends grave human rights violations is just. The most common counter-arguments against humanitarian intervention are that: it infringes upon the principle of sovereignty and non-intervention it poses a threat to the stability of international law […]

The concept of the ‘Responsibility to Protect’, invented by the ICISS in 2001 and adopted by the Un World Summit in 2005, tries to reconcile the controversy between humanitarian intervention and the sovereignty and non-intervention principle by giving a new account of legitimate sovereignty.¹ According to the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document, sovereignty is defined […]

The formation of the concept ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P) will be outlined by describing the evolution from the “right to interfere” at the end of the 1980s until the formal presentation of R2P by the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) in 2001. The last decade of the 20th century was characterized by […]