Libya and the state of intervention

Dunne, Tim and Gifkins, Jess (2011) Libya and the state of intervention. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 65 5: 515-529. doi:10.1080/10357718.2011.613148

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Author Dunne, Tim
Gifkins, Jess
Title Libya and the state of intervention
Journal name Australian Journal of International Affairs   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-7718
Publication date 2011-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10357718.2011.613148
Open Access Status
Volume 65
Issue 5
Start page 515
End page 529
Total pages 15
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract The international response to the crisis in Libya has been remarkably quick and decisive. Where many other cases of mass atrocity crimes have failed to generate sufficient and timely political will to protect civilians at risk, the early response to Libya in 2011 has shown that the United Nations Security Council is able to give effect to the ‘responsibility to protect’ norm. While not an implementing party in a legal sense, the Australian government has taken a forward-leaning diplomatic stance in helping to mobilise broad support for addressing this crisis. In light of the ongoing political controversy over armed humanitarian intervention, the Libya case shows that state-based advocacy for R2P matters, given the on-going need to bolster the legitimacy of the principle. A discussion of Canberra's diplomatic activity is a prelude to an examination of the proceedings of the UN Security Council and the two key resolutions, the second of which gave effect to the forcible action. The article then considers three dimensions of the Security Council's implementation of the responsibility to protect: the language of the resolutions and the intriguing absence of a textual reference to the international community's responsibility to act; the expansive mandate for civilian protection in Security Council resolution 1973; and the first unanimous referral to the International Criminal Court, with novel support from the United States of America.
Keyword Australia
Humanitarian intervention
Responsibility to protect
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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