Making R2P Work

Now and in the future

Authored by: Lloyd Axworthy , Allan Rock

THE ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT

Print publication date:  June  2012
Online publication date:  June  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415600750
eBook ISBN: 9780203117637
Adobe ISBN: 9781136304873

10.4324/9780203117637.ch14

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Abstract

We are former political practitioners who respectively played a role first in the conception of R2P (through the establishment of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty [ICISS]), and then in its adoption (by leading the Canadian advocacy and negotiation efforts at the 2005 UN World Summit in New York). Given our history with R2P, it will not surprise that we believe it is an important concept that can help resolve the disjunction between risks to the survival of many civilian populations and the incapacity of the present state-centric international system to protect against such risks. We also believe, however, that it is now urgent that the many items of unfinished business surrounding R2P be addressed, so that it truly becomes a set of principles ready for application in appropriate cases. We also believe that it is important to establish R2P as a working model for international action: to gain better political traction and more widespread implementation, so that R2P is not just an item of academic debate or administrative tinkering at UN headquarters.

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