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date: 30 October 2020

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International normative change has contributed to the transformation of the state. The traditional norm of sovereignty that has served for centuries as a protective shield against external interference in internal affairs of states has been redefined in recent years. This chapter reconstructs the reinterpretation of three core concepts of international relations—security, intervention, and responsibility—in public discourse to demonstrate how the rights and obligations of states have been readjusted. While sovereignty continues to function as a “regulative idea” of international politics, the concept has fundamentally changed its meaning, transforming the very idea of statehood.

Keywords: Responsibility to Protect, United Nations, sovereignty, human rights, international relations, security, intervention, responsibility, state

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