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date: 16 February 2020

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This article looks at the use of military force to protect human beings, or humanitarian intervention. This is the extension of fourth-century arguments by St. Augustine and seventh-century arguments by Hugo Grotius. The article first examines humanitarian interventions by colonial powers during the nineteenth century. It also discusses the fastest-moving normative development of modern times, namely that the rights of human beings sometimes trump those of the states where they live.

Keywords: military force, humanitarian intervention, St. Augustine, Hugo Grotius, arguments, colonial powers, normative development

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