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Responsibility to Protect: Arab Spring Perspectives

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rob Dickinson


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In this article important issues of legitimacy of government and external interference in the affairs of a State are raised. As a preliminary, the rights and obligations of a State with regard to territorial integrity and sovereignty are considered, prior to analyses of the emergent concept of the responsibility to protect and the principle of self-determination. The article then takes into account events of the Arab Spring, before the author concludes by drawing lessons for States, not only those whose people look to change their own governments, or style of governments, but also those intent on intervention in third States.

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Author(s): Dickinson RA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Buffalo Human Rights Law Review

Year: 2014

Volume: 20

Pages: 91-123

Print publication date: 01/01/2014

ISSN (print): 1098-3643

ISSN (electronic): 1930-8019

Publisher: State University of New York at Buffalo; School of Law