What is Right With R2P?

Authored by: Frazer Egerton

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.ch6

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Abstract

In such a short space of time that advocates of other causes must ask themselves where it all went wrong, the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P) has gone from a twinkle in a commissioner’s eye to demanding the engagement of policy makers and academics alike. Ten years after the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) published its report, and six years after the United Nations endorsed the R2P, there is much to be celebrated about a concept that offers real advance in dealing with one of the gravest problems in world politics – mass atrocities committed within a state’s borders. Nonetheless, advocates of the concept continue to face the task not only of developing and entrenching R2P, but also defending it from an array of insistent criticisms. There is a limit to the extent to which the authors of these criticisms might effectively be engaged, as the same alleged failings appear resistant to the most robust of defences. Nonetheless, criticisms persist, and those of us who support the concept must occasionally respond, and once again draw attention to the need for, and merits of, R2P.

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