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Responsibility to Protect R2P and the Emerging Principle of Common Concern

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Structurally, both Responsibility to Protect (R2p) and Common Concern are concepts that were born in response to a particular type of problem but which are potentially adaptable to a much wider range of problems. This Chapter sets out the two concepts of R2P and Common Concern individually, noting their original characteristics. For Common Concern, the most significant element has been its focus on problems that necessarily must be addressed by the international community in joint co-operation. R2P applies to a subset of Common Concern issues which places an important limit on states' permissible invocations of "responsibility" when intervening in other states' jurisdiction. If R2P is viewed as mainly about the responsibility of the international community to prevent or respond to situations of grave consequence to individuals due to the harm to the community itself, however, the arguments about extension must be different.

Keywords: Common Concern; international community; Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

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