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The Morality of Humanitarian Interventions
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
2011 (English)In: ID: International Dialogue A Multidisciplinary Journal of World Affairs, ISSN 2155-160X, Vol. 1, p. 23-42Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper I develop an argument to the effect that humanitarian moral interventions,

far from being inconsistent with the normative framework of just war, fit in very well with

the justifying conditions of this framework. The argument develops by considering three

objections against humanitarian military interventions, emanating from just war criteria.

The criteria in question are just authority, just cause, and non-combatant immunity. It

will be argued that while just authority logically depends on just cause and has no

independent argumentative force of its own, the criterion of just cause should be

understood to include a defence of human rights or vital human interests and not only of

national sovereignty. As for the criterion of non-combatant immunity, it will be argued

that the unintended killing or injuring of innocent non-combatants can be dealt with by

means of a modified version of the doctrine of double effect. Moreover, the moral

responsibility for unintended innocent victims of an intervention should rest with the

repressive regimes that made the intervention necessary in the first place. By relating

humanitarian military interventions to the criteria of just war and to human rights, the

argument developed here places the justification of such interventions at the centre of

contemporary moral discourse.

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Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 1, p. 23-42
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Humanities Philosophy
Research subject
Social Sciences, Practical Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-15148OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-15148DiVA, id: diva2:451898
Available from: 2011-10-27 Created: 2011-10-27 Last updated: 2013-04-24Bibliographically approved

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