A New Norm of Humanitarian Intervention?

Cecilie Gundersen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project aims to determine whether it is possible to identify indications of an emerging international norm of humanitarian intervention, in cases of mass atrocities. This is examined through an English School understanding of the concepts of norms and institutions, as well as the conflicting positions between state sovereignty and human justice. The project examines the emergence of the Responsibility to Protect as a norm and its operationalization in the case of the mass atrocities in Darfur. It is concluded that while there are indications of an emerging norm of the Responsibility to Protect rhetorically, the rhetoric surrounding it still differs from the international willingness to operationalize it. It is further concluded that due to a series of compromises made in order to unite the different state types behind the endorsement of the norm, the Responsibility to Protect entails a high level of indeterminacy, which hampers the result of the operationalization.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato31 maj 2012
VejledereBodil Folke


  • Humanitarian Intervention
  • Norms
  • English School
  • Institutions