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dc.creatordeGuzman, Margaret M.
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-10T17:15:08Z
dc.date.available2021-09-10T17:15:08Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationMargaret M. deGuzman, When Are International Crimes Just Cause for War? 55 VA. J. INT’L L. 73 (2015).
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12613/6931
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.34944/dspace/6913
dc.description.abstractAt the 2005 World Summit, states unanimously acknowledged their responsibilities to protect people from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity, and declared their readiness to use collective force to that end if necessary. This endorsement of the “responsibility to protect” (RtoP) represents an important step on the road to developing a norm of legitimate humanitarian intervention. However, there is a critical flaw in the way states framed RtoP at the World Summit: they equated the just cause threshold for humanitarian intervention with the commission of international crimes. This was a mistake because just cause for intervention should depend on the gravity of actual or threatened harm, not on whether that harm constitutes a crime, let alone an international crime. This Article argues that there are three deleterious consequences of framing RtoP in this way: (1) it excludes situations of catastrophic, unintentional harm where intervention may be morally justified; (2) it impedes efforts to prevent all levels of harm by requiring a finding that crimes are occurring or threatened before RtoP applies; and (3) it threatens to undermine the international criminal law regime by encouraging people to think of international crimes exclusively as “atrocities” and by obscuring the difference between humanitarian intervention and aggression.
dc.format.extent44 pages
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofFaculty/ Researcher Works
dc.relation.haspartVirginia Journal of International Law, Vol. 55, Iss. 1
dc.relation.isreferencedbyUniversity of Virginia School of Law
dc.rightsAll Rights Reserved
dc.subjectInternational law
dc.subjectInternational criminal law
dc.subjectResponsibility to protect
dc.subjectHumanitarian intervention
dc.titleWhen Are International Crimes Just Cause for War?
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dc.type.genreJournal article
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dc.description.schoolcollegeTemple University. James E. Beasley School of Law
dc.temple.creatordeGuzman, Margaret M.
refterms.dateFOA2021-09-10T17:15:08Z


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