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Humanitarian Intervention and the Distribution of Sovereignty in International Law

| December 2008
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Legal debates about humanitarian intervention tend to assume that its legitimacy is irrelevant to its legality, while political theorists often assume the inverse. This paper defends an alternative account, which sees the legality and legitimacy of humanitarian intervention as intertwined.

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Norms, Minorities, and Collective Choice Online

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Building on case studies of Wikipedia and the Daily Kos, this essay argues that different kinds of rules shape relations between members of the majority and of the minority in these communities in important and consequential ways.

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On Promoting Democracy [Full Text]

| December 2008
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The first question that we have to ask about promoting democracy is the question of agency: Who are the promoters? Most recent arguments have focused on the state, but states are not the only or the most important agents of regime change.

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Briefly Noted

| December 2008
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This section contains a round-up of recent notable books in the field of international affairs.

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Targeting Civilians in War, and Killing Civilians: Method, Madness and Morality in War [Double Review]

Targeting Civilians in War, and Killing Civilians: Method, Madness and Morality in War [Double Review]

| December 2008
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Given the moral stigma and its supposed dubious effectiveness, why does the targeting of civilians occur? Both authors contribute to the still nascent mapping of violence against civilians during armed conflicts of the past and of the present, outlining the reasons that justify or enable such violence.

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