Ten years on from the NATO intervention in Kosovo, the humanitarian interference issue does not appear to have retained the importance that it took on in the 1990s. Many of the new elements that emerged during the intervention have to a large extent lost their political and legal precedent value to a new type of humanitarian goal interventionism. Today humanitarian interference is still a rare event. It has not been formalized in any doctrine subscribed to by the key international players, and is still based on political desires and the availability of the necessary means, which differ from time to time. Indeed, humanitarian goals appear to have been replaced by new security priorities. The decade prior to the intervention in Kosovo is therefore a mirror image of the decade following it. In the 1990s, the priority of individual rights over those of states did in fact appear to have been affirmed for good, to the extent that they were defended in violation of the principle of sovereignty. On the contrary, the following ten years have been devoid of humanitarian intervention, and the exceptional nature of humanitarian military intervention – rather than the reinforcement of a new practice – has been gradually unveiled.