International Law and the Emergence of a New World Order

By Karen Naimer

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, November 2011

In March of this year, as fighting advanced toward Benghazi, Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi warned protestors that he would show them "no mercy and no pity." Anticipating a possible massacre if no preventative steps were taken, the United Nations Security Council invoked the "responsibility to protect" and authorized military action. The development of this 21st-century doctrine - which mandates that each state protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity, or risk intervention by the international community when it fails to do so - represents the significant erosion of the principle of state sovereignty. States, in other words, can no longer slaughter large portions of their own populations without consequences under international law.

Topic: Human Rights, War, Law

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/no.684

Page Number(s): 1-2

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Libya

Language: English

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Naimer, Karen. International Law and the Emergence of a New World Order. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. November 2011: 1-2.


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