Humanitarian Intervention and R2P

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In this piece, Henderson looks to the shadow of Rwanda in terms of the concept of humanitarian intervention, and the evolution of the R2P doctrine. Tracing the re-examination of the conceptualisations of sovereignty and the principle of non-intervention that evolved after Rwanda, Henderson assesses the legal, normative, and institutional challenges that still attend the attainment of its goals. Henderson concludes on a note of cautious optimism: Although it is in no way a panacea, R2P- A t the very least-raises the possibility that a greater range of measures may be taken in response to the commission, or anticipation of, atrocity crimes in the future. The legacy of Rwanda is the hope, reflected in R2P, that silence and idleness will never again be the international community's response to genocide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-343
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of International Peacekeeping
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • humanitarian intervention
  • international commission on intervention state and sovereignty
  • mass atrocity
  • responsibility to protect


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