The concept of international humanitarian interventions, types thereof and their legitimacy, legal, political, economic and ethical aspects. Growth and development of the phenomenon. Causes and justifications for international humanitarian intervention, such as strengthening human rights, protection of minorities, preventing crimes against humanity, peacemaking, furthering development. The responsibility to protect, humanitarian relief, emergency relief, natural crises and disasters as well as conflicts. The essential players in humanitarian intervention and their goals: states, governmental and non-governmental organizations. Case studies.