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The responsibility to protect

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Time: 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Venue: Room JG5005, John Galsworth building, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
Price: free
Speaker(s): Dr Aidan Hehir (University of Westminster)

The responsibility to protect

The responsibility to protect with Dr Aidan Hehir, director of the security and international relations programme at the University of Westminster.

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) centres on the idea that members of the international community have a responsibility to protect vulnerable civilians worldwide from atrocity and large-scale human rights abuse, when their own state is unwilling or unable to do so. It has been seen by many as a way of helping to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity, using both diplomatic and military action. Although the concept has gained much momentum and acceptance in international politics since its initial formulation in 2001, it remains controversial and has been applied unevenly in the recent past. This talk will explore some of the significant themes in the debate on the R2P and speaks to many of the recent difficulties in developing an appropriate international response to mass atrocity crimes in Sri Lanka, Libya, Syria and, most recently in Iraq, following the Islamic State insurgency.

Dr Aidan Hehir is a reader in international relations and director of the international relations and security programme at the University of Westminster. His research is centred on humanitarian intervention and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) concept. His work has been published a wide range of books and articles on these themes, most recently "The Responsibility to Protect: Rhetoric, Reality and the Future of Humanitarian Intervention" (Palgrave, 2012). He is currently engaged in an ESRC-funded project entitled 'The Responsibility to Protect and Prosecute: The Political Sustainability of Liberal Norms in an Age of Shifting Power balances'.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Dr Andrew Higginbottom
Tel: 020 8417 7171


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