Domestic sovereignty (the right of a government not to be resisted by its people) and international sovereignty (the moral immunity from outside intervention) have both been eroded in recent years, but the former to a much greater extent than the latter. An oppressed people's right to fight for liberal democratic reforms in their own country is treated as axiomatic, as the international responses to the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya illustrate. But there is a reluctance to accept that foreign intervention is always justified in the same circumstances. Ned Dobos assesses the moral cogency of this double standard and asks whether intervention can be consistently and coherently opposed given our attitudes towards other kinds of political violence. His thought-provoking book will interest a wide range of readers in political philosophy and international relations.
Ned Dobos is Lecturer in Applied Ethics at the University of New South Wales and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. He has published on various topics in political philosophy and applied ethics and serves as a peer-reviewer for an assortment of journals including Ethics and International Affairs, Political Studies, Nanoethics, the Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, the Human Rights Review and the Journal of Management and Strategy. He is also co-editor (with Christian Barry and Thomas Pogge) of Global Financial Crisis: The Ethical Issues, published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Introduction; 1. Communal self-determination; 2. Costs and consequences; 3. Asymmetries in jus ad bellum; 4. Asymmetries in jus in bello; 5. Humanitarian intervention and national responsibility; 6. The issue of selectivity; 7. Proper authority and international authorisation; Conclusion.