Author profile: Aidan Hehir

Dr Aidan Hehir is a Reader in International Relations at the University of Westminster. His research interests include humanitarian intervention, statebuilding in Kosovo, and the laws governing the use of force. He is the author/editor of ten books, the most recent being Hollow Norms and the Responsibility to Protect (Palgrave Macmillan). He has published widely in a number of academic journals including International Security, The Journal of Peace Research, Ethics and International Affairs, and Cooperation and Conflict. He is co-editor of the Routledge Intervention and Statebuilding book series.

Student Feature – Spotlight on Kosovo’s “Special Court”

Student Feature – Spotlight on Kosovo’s “Special Court”

Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) is a new ‘hybrid’ court, but concerns over witnesses, security, and legitimacy persist.

World Order, Human Rights, and the Security Council Veto

World Order, Human Rights, and the Security Council Veto

The Security Council is an unedifying conflation of craven geopolitics. The veto power of the P5 is incompatible with the protection and promotion of human rights.

A Propensity to Ignore? R2P Advocacy and the Crisis in Gaza

A Propensity to Ignore? R2P Advocacy and the Crisis in Gaza

The ignorance by R2P advocacy groups of the situation in Gaza contributes to the perception that the R2P is a selective tool of western states.

Syria and the Dawn of a New Era

Syria and the Dawn of a New Era

The Syrian crisis marks the beginning of a new era of multi-polarity; one which will be characterised by the spectacle of divisive and competitive power politics.

What Can Be Done in Response to the Crisis in Syria?

What Can Be Done in Response to the Crisis in Syria?

The best response to the crisis in Syria is the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force to oversee an inclusive political process for a new Syrian constitution.

Syria and the Responsibility to Protect: Rhetoric Meets Reality

Syria and the Responsibility to Protect: Rhetoric Meets Reality

Syria surely demonstrates, in all too graphic detail, the limits of R2P and the pressing need for creative thinking about profound reforms of the UN which address the P5 veto in the Security Council and the absence of a UN standing army.

The Illusion of Progress: Libya and the Future of R2P

The Illusion of Progress: Libya and the Future of R2P

The problem with R2P is precisely that which rendered “Never Again!” and the Genocide Convention impotent, namely that its enforcement is conditional on the support of the permanent five members of the Security Council. Only the very naive imagine that the P5 honour Article 24.1 of the Charter and act on behalf of UN member states; each state’s respective national interest determines their position.

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