Humanitarian Intervention: the invention of a tradition?

From Greece to Armenia: discourses and practices in the development of Humanitarian Interventions (1820s-1910s)

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20 April 2021

16:00 - 17:00 CEST



via Zoom

Andrés María Vicent Fanconi (MWP-HEC) & Orfeas Chasapis Tassinis (MWP-LAW) interview Davide Rodogno (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva).

Since early nineteenth century, Humanitarian interventions have been a key instrument in the international politics of the powers. In this interview with Davide Rodogno, we will discuss the late 19th century and early 20th century instances and practices of humanitarian intervention. In particular, we will centre on the often-observed tensions between the pronounced goals and justifications of the various humanitarian campaigns and the actual practices and achievements. 

About the MWP Multidisciplinary Research Workshop:

What is the ideological background behind the birth of humanitarian interventions? What legal theories have been employed to support it? And how have various political and economic interests interacted with and drawn upon the normatively appealing concepts of humanitarianism? Conversely, how has the notion of humanitarianism been used in resistance to powerful actors? 

The aim of the workshop is to explore humanitarian intervention as a key phenomenon in the birth and development of internationalism from diverse disciplinary perspectives. The workshop will critically examine the historical, political, and legal implications of humanitarian interventions from the past to the present. 

The workshop is organized as a series of three discussions with renowned speakers who have worked on the topic of humanitarian intervention from different angles with the co-conveners acting as discussants.

The Zoom link will be provided following registration.


Pia Dittmar


Davide Rodogno (IHEID - Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva)

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