RSSRoundtable: Balancing Norms, Values, and Interests

Introduction: Balancing Legal Norms, Moral Values, and National Interests

| March 2019
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How do states reconcile national interests with legal norms and moral values? One answer lies in the concept of good international citizenship.

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A Christian View of Humanitarian Intervention

| March 2019
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Even when humanitarian intervention violates the letter of international law, and even when it is motivated by self-interest, it may still be morally justified.

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Secessionist Conflict: A Happy Marriage between Norms and Interests?

Secessionist Conflict: A Happy Marriage between Norms and Interests?

| March 2019
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In secessionist conflicts, actors tend to choose norms that align with their interests. But there are important outlier cases that complicate this picture, writes Rafael Biermann.

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Unresolved and Unresolvable? Tensions in the Refugee Regime

| March 2019
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Advancing durable solutions does not necessarily mean overcoming the inherent tensions in the refugee regime between law, morality, and national interests.

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Conflicting Norms, Values, and Interests: A Perspective from Legal Academia

| March 2019
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This essay argues that norms, values, and interests do not inhabit different universes, but are interrelated concepts.

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Humanitarian Diplomacy: The ICRC’s Neutral and Impartial Advocacy in Armed Conflicts

| March 2019
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This essay argues that there is an important place for the ICRC’s style of “quiet” diplomacy alongside other “loud” forms of advocacy.

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