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Responsibility to Protect and the Environmental Considerations: A Fundamental Mismatch or the Way Forward?

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The goal of this chapter is to examine 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. 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 core contribution is the discussion concerning the role of the R2P in environmental situations and the possibilities for its revision better to accommodate concerns of an environmental character. The R2P is a doctrine heavily based on what can be called positive international morality. It seems realistic to talk about a possible environmental element of the R2P only in relation to the rights and well-being of humans.

Keywords: environmental consideration; human rights; humanitarian intervention; international law; positive international morality; Responsibility to Protect (R2P)



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