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The International Community’s Responsibility To Protect

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The purpose of this chapter is to think through issues such as these in order to begin to determine how the notion that the international community bears a responsibility to protect may be fruitfully conceptualised and understood. It suggests that two central questions need to be addressed. The first asks: what kind of responsibility is it - is it moral, legal, or political, or some combination of the three? The second question asks: who bears the responsibility - is it the international community broadly speaking, or is it particular international institutions, regional organisations, or individual states? The chapter provides a brief overview of the development of the notion that the international community bears a responsibility to protect populations from the adoption of the Genocide Convention until the present day. It then outlines some preliminary thoughts regarding how we might think about this idea from a moral, legal, and political perspective.

Keywords: international community; responsibility to protect (R2P)



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