One Flew Over the Humanitarian Intervention's Nest. Conceptual Consequences on Sovereignty, Democracy and Citizenship


  • DIANA MĂRGĂRIT PhD, Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania. Domains of interest: cosmopolitan democracy, global governance, human rights, democratic deficit, perpetual peace.


humanitarian intervention, cosmopolitan democracy, cosmopolitan citizenship, sovereignty as responsibility, international organizations


Humanitarian interventions as operated by the United Nations or NATO, especially in the last twenty years represent new forms of pursuing global justice. As the fruit of the solidarity and the capacity to empathize with the Other, humanitarian intervention is considered by the cosmopolitan scholars to be one relevant aspect of global actions. Its impact undermines the classic meanings of concepts such as sovereignty, citizenship and even democracy. In other words, it entrains significant consequences over the classic paradigm of the nation-state. Assuming that scholars are mostly concerned with the manner in which the paradigm of sovereignty changes, the aim of my study is to demonstrate that humanitarian intervention also considerably influences the evolution of two other concepts, citizenship and democracy.


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