Humanitarian intervention, the responsibility to protect and jus in bello
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Global responsibility to protect, Vol. 1, no. 3, 2009, p. 364-391
This article assesses the moral importance of a humanitarian intervener's fidelity to the principles of international humanitarian law or jus in bello (principles of just conduct in war). It begins by outlining the particular principles of jus in bello that an intervener should follow when discharging the responsibility to protect. The second section considers more broadly the moral underpinnings of these principles. It claims that consequentialist justifications of these principles cannot fully grasp their moral significance and, in particular, the difference between doing and allowing. Overall, It argues that these principles are (i) more important and (ii) more stringent in the context of humanitarian intervention.