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Human Rights Review

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 395–396 | Cite as

Debating Humanitarian Intervention: Should We Try to Save Strangers? by Fernando R. Tesón and Bas van der Vossen

Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2017
  • Abhishek ChoudharyEmail author
Book Review

Intervention in the realm of international relations has remained an issue of constant debate. The academic engagement on humanitarian intervention has remained divided around the issue of sovereignty based on the norm of non-intervention on one hand and the idea of sovereignty as responsibility on the other. The latter position stands in favour of human rights of people and posits that sovereignty is not unquestionably sacrosanct. Contributing to the debate, Debating Humanitarian Intervention: Should We Try to Save Strangers? by Fernando R. Tesón and Bas van der Vossen seeks to provide a balanced outlook using the analytical model of modern just war theory. The book has been conveniently divided into two parts. While the first part by Tesón seeks to provide justifications for moral permissibility of humanitarian intervention (HI), the second part by van der Vossen upholds the norm of non-intervention.

Tesón begins the first section by arguing about moral permissibility of HI. He...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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