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The Responsibility to Protect in the Global System

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This chapter focuses on whether R2P makes sense in a world of states which appear increasingly unable to afford it and on the possible consequences that this state of affairs may have for the protection of people in the future. One must also bear in mind that R2P, despite its generally welcome reception, suffers a lack of credibility, and hence of feasibility, even from the perspective of its possible future materialisation as a legal rule. All these uncertainties could be overcome if an institution, such as the UN Security Council, had the authority to apply R2P in established cases with no margin of appreciation. States have always needed capital and resources to function. Human rights require states that are able, in addition to willing, to protect them. But this is possible only in a global economic system which places human rights, rather than power and profit, centre stage.

Keywords: future materialisation; global economic system; human rights; Responsibility to Protect (R2P); state sovereignty; UN Security Council



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