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The use of force in international law
The use of force in international law

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3 Humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect

By now you should have a good understanding of law regulating the resort to force by states as well as the rules of IHL, which regulate conduct in armed conflict. In this section, we will look at a topic that remains hugely controversial in international relations as well as in international law: humanitarian intervention. Throughout the study of this section, you will have an opportunity to use the knowledge gained in Section 1 to critically approach the topic of humanitarian intervention and to evaluate its validity from a legal perspective.