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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Intervention, Prohibition of

Philip Kunig

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 10 December 2023

Sovereignty — Customary international law — Soft law — Collective security — Paramilitary groups — Use of force, prohibition — Humanitarian intervention — Self-defence — Reprisals — Military assistance — Countermeasures — Insurgents and insurrection

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The principle of non-intervention is an international legal norm whose violation is often alleged and which is proclaimed under completely different circumstances. As a result, the exact meaning of the principle remains unclear. In general usage, international scholars have defined intervention as the interference by a State in the internal or foreign affairs of another State. It is only prohibited when it occurs in fields of State affairs which are solely the responsibility of inner State actors, takes place through forcible or dictatorial means, and aims to...
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