This article considers moral issues of whether or when humanitarian intervention is justified using just war theory as a framework section one addresses general characterizations of humanitarian interventions and commonly discussed cases as well as some definitional or terminological issues. International law makes it explicit that states shall not intervene militarily or otherwise in the affairs of other states it is a central principle of the charter of the united nations but international law also provides an exception when a conflict within a state poses a threat to international peace military intervention by the un may be warranted. Humanitarian intervention consent and proportionality jeff mcmahan 2009 in n ann davis richard keshen jeff mcmahan eds ethics and humanity themes from the philosophy of jonathan glover oxford university press. De ethica a journal of philosophical theological and applied ethics vol 21 2015 19 humanitarian intervention and moral responsibility ronnie hjorth this essay investigates the moral aspects of humanitarian intervention humanitarian intervention involves the balancing of at least three
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