Kosovo and the Advent of Sovereignty as Responsibility

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Title Kosovo and the Advent of Sovereignty as Responsibility
Author Bellamy, Alex J.
Journal Name Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This article investigates the impact of NATO's 1999 intervention in Kosovo on the notion of sovereignty as responsibility. It argues that the intervention provided an important catalyst that brought to light a broad consensus about sovereignty as responsibility and highlighted areas in need of refining. International debate about the intervention brought to light a broad consensus around the principle that sovereigns do not have unlimited rights to treat their citizens however they please but highlighted concerns about the modalities of operationalizing such a principle. Not least, states were concerned about the potential for unilateral armed intervening. As such, the debate sparked by NATO's intervening revolved more around second-order questions about the authority to intervene and prudential questions about its impact on regional stability than on the question of whether international society should be engaged in a domestic humanitarian crisis. This pointed to the idea that a grand consensus on sovereignty as responsibility might be possible if its scope for justifying armed intervention was constrained to only those cases where the Security Council authorizes action. It was precisely this formula that emerged from the 2005 World Summit.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17502970902829952
Volume 3
Issue Number 2
Page from 163
Page to 184
ISSN 1750-2977
Date Accessioned 2011-06-16
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy; Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject International Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/40759
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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