Faculty Advisor(s)

Theresa Schroeder Hageman, Ph. D
Ohio Northern University
History, Political Science, and Geography
t-hageman@onu.edu

Robert Waters, Ph. D, JD
Ohio Northern University
History, Political Science, and Geography
r-waters@onu.edu

Document Type

Poster

Start Date

24-4-2020 9:00 AM

Description

International norms and laws impact why and how states interact with one another in the international system but it is hard to measure their influence states decisions. However, through examining specific cases, we can see how the effects of international norms and laws. There are a variety of international norms, but the focus of this paper is on the humanitarian norm called the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). In particular, this paper investigates the influence of R2P on the United States’ decision to intervene in other states, using Syria and Libya as case studies. The different case studies allow us to see the distinctive ways that international law effected U.S. decision to get involved in humanitarian issues. For instance, the United Nations Security Council used R2P in its decision to call for a multilateral coalition for action in Libya. But in Syria, R2P was invoked after international law was broken when chemical weapons were used. Thus, while each case study shows that international norms and laws were used to justify U.S. actions, the reasons are unique to each circumstance.

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International norms and laws impact why and how states interact with one another in the international system but it is hard to measure their influence states decisions. However, through examining specific cases, we can see how the effects of international norms and laws. There are a variety of international norms, but the focus of this paper is on the humanitarian norm called the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). In particular, this paper investigates the influence of R2P on the United States’ decision to intervene in other states, using Syria and Libya as case studies. The different case studies allow us to see the distinctive ways that international law effected U.S. decision to get involved in humanitarian issues. For instance, the United Nations Security Council used R2P in its decision to call for a multilateral coalition for action in Libya. But in Syria, R2P was invoked after international law was broken when chemical weapons were used. Thus, while each case study shows that international norms and laws were used to justify U.S. actions, the reasons are unique to each circumstance.