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Responsibility to Protect and the Responsibility of International Organizations

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The International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS), convened by the Canadian Government in 2000, went to great lengths to convey the message that R2P was not just a cloak for humanitarian intervention, but was based on three pillars: the responsibility to prevent, the responsibility to react and the responsibility to rebuild. Many of the proponents and supporters of the concept of R2P observe that the labelling of R2P as an "emerging norm" is misleading. There are various explanations for the lack of attention to the different aspects of the concept of R2P. Article 41, par. 1 of the 2001 ILC Articles on State Responsibility (ASR) sets out the obligation of states to "cooperate to bring to an end through lawful means" any gross or systematic failure by a responsible state of a peremptory norm of general international law.

Keywords: Article 41; Canadian Government; international law; Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS); R2P



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