Humanitarian Intervention

Transnational issues and approaches

Lecture 6 Monday February 7 2011 PEACE ST 2B03 / LABR ST 2W03 / WOMEN’S ST 2A03: Human Rights and Social Justice Dr Colin Salter, Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University


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Approaches Complexities and challenges Criticisms


Hague Convention
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1899, 1907 Creation of an international court for arbitration


Geneva Convention
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1864, 1906, 1931, & 1949 International law standard for the treatment of victims of war


Intervention & Neutrality
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Responsibility to protect Mutually exclusive? Ideology & Foreign Policy


An unpleasant truth often overlooked is that although war is a great evil, it does have a great virtue: it can resolve political conflicts and lead to peace.
Edward Luttwak (1999)


...peacekeeping can both encourage and undermine respect for human rights.
Amanda Murdie & David Davis (2010)


Economic Sanctions

Iraq 1990-


When asked on US television if she thought that the death of half a million Iraqi children [from sanctions in Iraq] was a price worth paying, [Madeline Albright, US Secretary of State] replied: “This is a very hard choice, but we think the price is worth it.”
John Pilger (2000)


For Wednesday

Can the use of force be a appropriate aspect of humanitarian intervention? Can if reduce suffering?


For Thursday
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What are some of the implications and challenges of an ‘expectation of intervention’? What are some of the implications of the imposition of a settlement? What might be implemented to address this?


Citations & further reading
Alex Bellamy & Paul Williams (2010) Understanding Peacekeeping, 2nd Edition, Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. Edward Lu wak (1999) ‘Give war a chance’, Foreign Affairs, Vol. 78, No. 4: 36-44. Amanda Murdie and David R. Davis (2010) ‘Problematic Potential: e Human Rights Consequences of Peacekeeping Interventions in Civil Wars’, Human Rights Quarterly, Volume 32, Number 1. pp. 49-72. John Pilger (2000) ‘Squeezed to Death’, e Guardian, 4th March. h p:// David S. Nye & David A. Welch (2009) Understanding Global Con ict and Cooperation: an Introduction to eory and History, Eight Edition, Longman.


Image sources
Mike Konopacki. 2000. ‘If there was justice in the world‘, 2000 — ‘Human Rights Champions’, 2001 — ‘Which do you pet, which do you eat?‘ — Shane T. McCoy, ‘Detainees at Camp X-Ray’, 11 January 2002. Image in the domain image — http://


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