R2P: From Idea to Norm—and Action?

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Title R2P: From Idea to Norm—and Action?
Author Thakur, Ramesh Chandra; Weiss, Thomas G.
Journal Name Global Responsibility to Protect
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Martinus Nijhoff
Abstract The most dramatic normative development of our time—comparable to the Nuremberg trials and the 1948 Convention on Genocide in the immediate aftermath of World War II—relates to the 'responsibility to protect', the title of the 2001 report from the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. It no longer is necessary to finesse the tensions between sovereignty and human rights in the UN Charter; they can now be confronted because sovereignty no longer implies the license to kill. This essay outlines the origins of the R2P idea, describes the background factors in the 1990s that paved the way for the advancement of this norm by norm entrepreneurs, champions, and brokers. It continues with an account of the process by which the ICISS arrived at its landmark report, a description of the sustained engagement with the R2P agenda from 2001, when the ICISS report was published, to its adoption at the 2005 World Summit. The essay concludes with a sketch of the tasks and challenges that lie ahead to move R2P from a norm to a template for policy and action.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/187598409X405460
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 1
Issue Number 1
Page from 22
Page to 53
ISSN 1875-9858
Date Accessioned 2011-03-23
Language en_AU
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject International Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/40521
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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