Justification of Humanitarian Intervention in Conflict

Mungereza Christeen Mayende, Fordham University


NEW YORK August, 2020 Mungereza Christeen Mayende BA, Kenyatta University MA, Fordham University Justification of Humanitarian Intervention in Conflict. Dissertation directed by Anthony Land, Ph.D. This research was conducted during the spring and summer semesters of 2020. The researcher has brought to the table extensive, practitioner-based analysis and experience gained over the past 9 years working within contexts of humanitarian intervention in complex emergencies and currently with the US government. The researcher hopes to gain accreditation for a Master of Science in Humanitarian Science. The researcher also seeks a better understanding and awareness of the impact of humanitarian interventions and factors that influence these interventions on a larger dimension. The researcher hopes to find answers to the question posed by Kofi Annan, two decades earlier, in his UN Millennium Report, “If humanitarian intervention is, indeed, an unacceptable assault on sovereignty, how should we respond to a Rwanda, to a Srebrenica - to gross and systematic violations of human rights that affect every precept of our common humanity?” (SG/SM/7136/GA/9596). The research findings will hopefully contribute towards informing humanitarian practice and actors who determine how interventions are activated with regards to the U.N charter, with the main aim “to maintain international peace and security…to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace…to achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction (see UN Charter, Chapter 1, Article 1,1945).

Subject Area

International Relations|Peace Studies|Political science

Recommended Citation

Mayende, Mungereza Christeen, "Justification of Humanitarian Intervention in Conflict" (2020). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI28093112.