Humanitarian Intervention: Moral Criteria and Human Consequences

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March 19, 2014
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Healy Hall Riggs Library

What are the moral responsibilities of international institutions and nations when leaders attack the lives and fundamental rights of their own people? What are the ethical obligations in the face of genocide or crimes against humanity? Is there a “responsibility to protect” vulnerable populations, especially refugees, women, and children? Under what circumstances is “humanitarian intervention” permitted or required? Catholic social teaching has long addressed the morality of the use of military force. How do the traditional “just war” criteria apply to these cases?

Several distinguished leaders at Georgetown addressed the moral dimensions and human consequences of these questions. They also explored the lessons of Bosnia, Rwanda, and Libya and discussed what should be done regarding Syria.

This event was co-sponsored by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life; Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; Catholic Studies program; and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

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