Criteria exist for intervention in R2P, but what is needed is a more explicit acceptance of those criteria and an interpretation of them that is most morally judicious.
Author profile: James Pattison
Dr. James Pattison is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester. His research interests include humanitarian intervention, the responsibility to protect, the ethics of war, private military and security companies, and the alternatives to war. His first book, Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: Who Should Intervene?, was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. This book was awarded a ‘Notable Book Award’ in 2011 by the International Studies Association (International Ethics Section) and has been published in paperback, with a new preface on the intervention in Libya. He has recently completed a four-volume Sage ‘Major Work’ on humanitarian intervention. He has also just finished a second monograph on the ethical issues surrounding the use of private military and security companies, The Morality of Private War: The Challenge of Private Military and Security Companies (forthcoming 2014 with Oxford University Press). He has published various articles on the ethics of force, including for the British Journal of Political Science, Ethics & International Affairs, International Theory, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Journal of Political Philosophy, and Review of International Studies.