On the Meaning of “Responsibility” in the "Responsibility to Protect”

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Title On the Meaning of “Responsibility” in the "Responsibility to Protect”
Author Glanville, Luke
Journal Name Griffith Law Review
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Griffith University
Abstract The ʻresponsibility to protectʼ (RtoP) concept has emerged rapidly over the last decade to take a prominent place in international discussions about the protection of populations from mass atrocities. However, little attention has been paid to the meaning of the term ʻresponsibilityʼ in RtoP. ʻResponsibilityʼ is a slippery term that can perform a range of functions. This article suggests that, in order to understand the meaning of ʻresponsibilityʼ in RtoP, we need to examine three things: what actors are responsible for; who actors are responsible to; and the ways in which irresponsible actors may be held to account. Such examination enables us to comprehend better some of the key debates and dilemmas with which the RtoP principle continues to be confronted.
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Publisher URI http://www.griffithreview.com/
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Volume 20
Issue Number 2
Page from 482
Page to 504
ISSN 1038-3441
Date Accessioned 2011-11-15
Language en_US
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject International Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41929
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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