In this free OpenLearn course you have learned about the international legal framework which regulates the use of force by states. You have also studied the basic rules of IHL, which regulates conduct during armed conflicts.
By now, you should have an understanding of what humanitarian intervention is and why it is a controversial concept. Hopefully, throughout the study of this course you have formed your own critical opinion about some of the core problematic areas in contemporary international relations, such as humanitarian intervention, R2P, the use of force by non-state actors and the continuing challenge of implementation of IHL in time of war.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course.