The international community's responsibility to protect

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Title The international community's responsibility to protect
Author Glanville, Luke
Journal Name Global Responsibility to Protect
Editor Alex J. Bellamy, Sara E. Davies, and Luke Glanville
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Martinus Nijhoff
Abstract Th e concept of the responsibility to protect (R2P) holds that not only do sovereign states have a responsibility to protect their populations, but so too does the international community. Th e international community is said to be responsible for encouraging and assisting states to protect and also for taking collective action to enforce the protection of populations in instances where states fail to carry out their obligations. Th is idea that the international community itself bears not merely a right but a responsibility to protect, through military intervention if necessary, is perhaps the most novel aspect of the R2P concept, and it would seem to have extraordinary implications. Yet it remains largely under-examined. In this article, I consider how the notion that the international community bears a responsibility to protect might be fruitfully understood and conceptualised. After briefl y outlining from where this idea has emerged, I consider two interrelated questions: What kind of responsibility is it – moral, legal, or political, or some combination of the three? And who in particular bears the responsibility – the international community broadly speaking, particular international institutions such as the Security Council, regional organisations, or individual states?
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 2
Issue Number 3
Page from 287
Page to 306
ISSN 1875-9858
Date Accessioned 2010-11-02
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject International Relations
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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