Replacing The Responsibility to Protect: The Equitable Theory of Humanitarian Intervention

Ciarán Burke


In this article, Ciarán J. Burke argues that the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ initiative has failed. Burke presents a series of fundamental flaws, both with the doctrine advanced by the ICISS, and with the subsequent attempts to incorporate it into the international legal framework. Burke opines that equity, as a source of international law, should instead be used to shed fresh light on the debate, keeping the discourse within the law and away from subjective ethics, and drafting a novel framework which he dubs ‘equitable humanitarian intervention’.


international law, humanitarian intervention, responsibility to protect, independence, human rights law, Kosovo, Russia, Georgia, Putin, R2P, Equity, Equitable theory of humanitarian intervention

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