International Law on Trial: The Darfur Crisis and the Responsibility to Protect Civilians

International Law on Trial: The Darfur Crisis and the Responsibility to Protect Civilians © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/187197407X261430 International Community Law Review 9 (2007) 445–473 I NTERNATIONAL C OMMUNITY L AW R EVIEW International Law on Trial: Th e Darfur Crisis and the Responsibility to Protect Civilians Kithure Kindiki * Associate Dean, School of Law, University of Nairobi 1. Introduction Th e 1994 Rwandan genocide, its devastating effects and the inability of the inter- national community to prevent, limit or halt the atrocities came at a time when many African countries were, and still are, engulfed in deadly armed conflicts, most of which are intra-state in origin. 1 It also came at an extraordinary time in history when many ideas, relationships and institutions, which hitherto seemed solid, had begun to ‘dissolve’ rapidly. 2 In the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, debate has persisted regarding whether there are emerging norms on when and how the international community can justifiably intervene to prevent or amelio- rate internal conflicts and widespread human rights abuses. 3 Ten years after the Rwandan genocide and despite years of soul-searching, the response of the international community to the events in the Darfur region of Western Sudan starting 2003 at best point at history repeating itself. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Community Law Review (continuation of International Community Law Review and Non-State Actors and International Law) Brill

International Law on Trial: The Darfur Crisis and the Responsibility to Protect Civilians

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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1871-9740
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10.1163/187197407X261430
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/187197407X261430 International Community Law Review 9 (2007) 445–473 I NTERNATIONAL C OMMUNITY L AW R EVIEW International Law on Trial: Th e Darfur Crisis and the Responsibility to Protect Civilians Kithure Kindiki * Associate Dean, School of Law, University of Nairobi 1. Introduction Th e 1994 Rwandan genocide, its devastating effects and the inability of the inter- national community to prevent, limit or halt the atrocities came at a time when many African countries were, and still are, engulfed in deadly armed conflicts, most of which are intra-state in origin. 1 It also came at an extraordinary time in history when many ideas, relationships and institutions, which hitherto seemed solid, had begun to ‘dissolve’ rapidly. 2 In the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, debate has persisted regarding whether there are emerging norms on when and how the international community can justifiably intervene to prevent or amelio- rate internal conflicts and widespread human rights abuses. 3 Ten years after the Rwandan genocide and despite years of soul-searching, the response of the international community to the events in the Darfur region of Western Sudan starting 2003 at best point at history repeating itself.

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International Community Law Review (continuation of International Community Law Review and Non-State Actors and International Law)Brill

Published: Jan 1, 2007

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