University of Oxford, Centre for the Study of Social Justice: David Miller's "The Responsibility to Protect Human Rights"

Read this article. Miller tackles the problems inherent in enforcing human rights in a state system grounded in sovereignty. After narrowly defining human rights for the purposes of this discussion as basic human needs, Miller explores the responsibility to protect the concept of human rights in the context of specific humanitarian 'disaster' situations (both natural and human-induced). In doing so, Miller provides a clear analysis of the intrinsic link between protecting and promoting human rights in such situations and the pursuit of global justice.