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Responsibility to Protect and the Environment

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Human rights have long been subordinate to considerations of state sovereignty. The same can certainly be said about environmental matters. This chapter examines whether environmental considerations can play a role in the context of the responsibility to protect (R2P). This is a complicated task, given that the focus of the R2P is essentially on human rights. In addition, the entire concept is still very much being developed and interpreted. The chapter begins with a short introduction to the history and contemporary understanding of humanitarian intervention and R2P. It continues with an attempt to map the location and implications of the R2P in public international law in more detail. The chapter discusses the role of the R2P in environmental situations and the possibilities for its revision better to accommodate concerns of an environmental character.

Keywords: Human rights; humanitarian intervention; international law; responsibility to protect (R2P); sovereignty



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