Jean-Baptiste Jeangene Vilmer

Jean-Baptiste holds degrees in three different disciplines: philosophy (BA, MA, PhD), law (LLB, LLM), and political science (PhD). He has studied at the Sorbonne, the University of Montreal, Oxford University, McGill University, Yale University, the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris). He has taught at the University of Montreal, Sciences Po Paris, King’s College London (War Studies), and he is currently teaching International Humanitarian Law at McGill University. Jean-Baptiste conducts interdisciplinary research on the theory and ethics of international relations and law. In particular, he studies the ethics and laws of war, and international criminal law. He has published a dozen of books on topics including reparations to victims before the ICC (2009), the dilemma of peace and justice and the relations between the ICC and the Security Council (2011), humanitarian intervention (2012, prefaced by Hubert Védrine) and the ethics of international relations (to be published in 2013, prefaced by Stanley Hoffmann). A former Attaché to the French embassy in Turkmenistan, he is also the author of two books on this central Asian dictatorship.

Libya to Syria: R2P and the ‘Double Standards’ Issue

The ‘double standards’ critique is not relevant to justify a military intervention in Syria, and denotes a dangerous romanticism in international relations. As helpless spectators of the massacres in Syria, we are all outraged. Willingness to intervene is natural, and it can rely on the tradition that refuses to regard sovereignty as a shield behind which human rights could be... Continue Reading

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