• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Is the practice of humanitarian intervention compatible with an international system that is based on the principle of state sovereignty?

Extracts from this document...


Is the practice of humanitarian intervention compatible with an international system that is based on the principle of state sovereignty? Ever since World War II, after the horrifying period of Adolph Hitler's homicidal persecution of the Jews, state leaders have been receiving new found pressure from both media and the public due to humanitarian sentiment and increasing awareness, regarding their power and capabilities in making decisions which can pose danger against humanity within their borders. Nevertheless, the practice of humanitarian intervention remained controversial concerning its legitimacy. According to state's argument of state sovereignty, Sovereignty is the quality of having supreme, independent authority over a territory, and that the practice of humanitarian interventions have breached the principle of state sovereignty (Bueno, 2009). The controversy grew over recent post cold war conflicts and the question of whether the practice of humanitarian intervention is compatible with an international system based on the principle of state sovereignty. State sovereignty is said to be the most important factor and the fundamental foundation of international relationship base on the anarchical system of the current world, as there is no existence of a supreme world government. ...read more.


Despite of breaching Article 2.4 of the UN Charter (Baylis and Smith, 2001), NATO proceeded with their campaign against the critics who argued that doing so means breaking the universally applied laws of state sovereignty and non intervention.The actions of NATO were not condemned by the Security Council, and thus furthermore undermining the international laws preserving state sovereignty as undermining the power of the Security Council. Regarding this controversy, Professor Cedric Thornberry stated "failure to comply with existing rules must inevitably bring about a wider condition of disrespect for the law and, with it, a tendency to anarchy" (Schotle, 2000) President Boris Yeltsin also commented corresponding to this view "an action that is nothing short of undisguised aggression... Only the UN Security Council has the right to decide the use of force should be taken to maintain or restore international peace and security"(Bueno, 2009) On the other hand, supporters of intervention deem NATO's actions were morally justified by arguing that it would be international community's negligence not taking any action to defend the norms of human rights, and that massive violations of human rights are taking place, it is no longer a domestic matter and thus deserve the concern of the international community. ...read more.


To answer the question whether the practice humanitarian intervention is compatible with an international system based on the principle of sovereignty, many critics argue it is the end for state sovereignty as the current world has shifted into a new paradigm where human rights become the priority. However, sovereignty will not cease to exist as long as there are borders between nations, instead, sovereignty calls for a reassessment for its definition in order to cope with the globalization of human rights. Word Count: 1396 BAYLIS, JOHN and SMITH, STEVE (2001). The Globalization of World Politics 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp 72-93 BUENO DE MESQUITA, BRUCE (2009). Principles of International Politics. 4th ed. Washington DC: CQ Press. pp 124-136 HEYWOOD, ANDREW (2002). Politics. 2nd ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan. pp 232-234 JACKSON, ROBERT and SORENSEN, GEORGE (2003). Introduction to International Relations. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp 578. SCHOLTE, JAN AART (2000). Globalization a critical introduction. United States of America: ST Martin's Press. pp 56 WHITMAN, JIM. (2001). When is it right to intervene?. New Humanist Magazine. 116 (1), 16. KIERNAN, BEN (2002). The Pol Pot Regime, New York: Yale University Press pp 44 Benny Iu IR Foundation Campus 5/3/2011 Lulwa Al-Fadhel ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Political Philosophy section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Political Philosophy essays

  1. Nationalism is a recipe for peace and international order. Discuss

    Upholding the belief that all nations are of equal status not nation is superior or inferior; which means that the achievement of national self-determination can be seen as a means of establishing a peaceful and stable international order. Liberal nationalists therefore oppose sovereignty, multinational empires and colonies.

  2. Russia's Political Party System as an Obstacle to Democratization

    their support or by encouraging the elites to handpick their own candidates-rather than to either parties or the community. Ties to the wealthy and powerful constitute a second important factor in the 1999 single-member district elections. Non-partisan actors, particularly regional elites, played a much more prominent role in influencing the

  1. How have political sociologist understood globalization? Globalization is perhaps the central concept of ...

    Typically, it has been associated with the destruction of cultural identities, victims of the accelerating encroachment of a homogenized, westernized, consumer culture. This view, the constituency for which extends from (some) academics to anti-globalization activists (Shepard and Hayduk 2002), tends to interpret globalization as a flawless extension a euphemism for western cultural imperialism.

  2. Concepts exercise - Sovereignty

    (Heywood, 1997, p143). Due to the existence of a typology, the concept is more likely to be contested. The nature of sovereignty advocated can also cast disagreements as not all interpretations are based on a democratic regime.

  1. Power and Politics in Organizations: Public and Private Sector Comparisons

    It is not unusual for such organizations to have no goals at all (Abrahamsson 1977), or to have goals that appear to be quite irrational (Panebianco 1988: 204-19; 262-74). For this reason rational-actor models, in which it is assumed that preferences are 'exogenous' to the organizations themselves, rightly draw criticism when applied to public/political organizations (Pfeffer 1997).

  2. Is humanitarian intervention justifiable?

    of whether to intervene or not, some countries calculate national interest and decide then to carry out the intervention or not. A possible example of this occurring is when the US sent troops to Iraq and there was a general view that this happened due to the possibility of gaining oil.

  1. What were the most important factors in the rise of the modern state?

    the nature of trade began to change from the late 14th century, it is here that we begin to see a change in the direction of political organisation. The system of bartering which had been the main form of economy was slowly being taken over by a money economy, which gave rise to a capitalist class.

  2. Why has the concept of humanitarian intervention provoked so much debate in political commentary?

    In June 2008, the US relinquished its observer status and disengaged from the HRC, much to the disappointment and concern of human rights advocates who felt that this greatly diminished the role of the IGO and sent a negative message about the importance of human rights around the world.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work