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A Provisional Duty of Humanitarian Intervention

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Scholars and practitioners continue to call for the implementation of a duty of humanitarian intervention (HI). Indeed, from the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, to academics such as Kok-Chor Tan and Carla Bagnoli, a duty of HI must, they say, be institutionalised. This paper attempts to answer the question: Why? I suggest that the repeated attempts to categorise a duty of intervention, either as perfect or imperfect, have incorrectly understood the nature of this duty. We must first understand the categorisation of it as one of right (justice) not benevolence (ethics), and thus the calls for institutionalisation can be properly understood. Institutionalisation is not a more efficacious route, nor is it needed to promote the best consequences; it is necessary because of the logic of justice. I argue, therefore, that because a duty of HI is a duty of justice, in what amounts to a state of nature, the duty is better thought of as a provisional duty of justice. Moreover, doing so suggests who can be identified as the requisite agents for intervention.


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