A Principled Approach to State Failure

International Community Actions in Emergency Situations


This book is the first legal study of state failure in international law. Building on a comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon, Dr. Giorgetti provides a definition of state failure that informs her study of how international actors may operate in situations of emergencies occurring in failed and failing states. The book specifically focuses on actions taken in health, environmental and human rights emergencies to provide generally applicable conclusions. Indeed, the Principles for Action distilled in the final chapter will provide concrete instruments to the international community to act in emergency situations and will prove to be an important contribution to the development of international law.
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Biographical Note

Chiara Giorgetti, JSD (2009, Yale), LLM (2002, Yale), MS c (1995, LSE) is an international attorney with White & Case, LLP in Washington D.C. and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law Center. Her interests and practice focus on sovereignty, transitional justice and international dispute resolution.


All those interested in international public law, international legal theory, sovereignty, United Nations, post-conflict and emergencies, international development. The book can be useful to both academics and policy-makers, especially for personnel of the United Nations, development agencies, and ministries of foreign affairs.