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Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and the Emerging Principle of Common Concern

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This chapter highlights that Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a particular type of Common Concern issue. It provides a short description of the traditional international law paradigm and its failures. The chapter sets out the two concepts of R2P and Common Concern individually, noting their original characteristics. It notes how the two concepts differ in their impact on the international legal system of today. The chapter focuses on the potential for expanding the concepts beyond their drafters' viewpoints. Recognizing that R2P's significant potential to improve the protection of individuals if the concept is broadened leads one to examine its legitimate boundaries. One finds these limits in the concept of Common Concern. The chapter explores the impact of R2P on Common Concern in terms of state responsibility and suggests refining the doctrine to move towards a principle equally entailing responsibilities of States to act on behalf of the international community.

Keywords: human rights protection; international law; principle of Common Concern; Responsibility to Protect (R2P)



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