This project addresses issues related to the responsibility to protect (R2P), just war theory, and the prevention of mass atrocities. The commissioners of the 2001 International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) developed R2P and states accepted a modified version of it in the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document.Conflict Prevention
Despite widespread agreement on these topics, there remains much to be done to theoretically advance R2P and implement it. Creating the political will and incentives for actors to devote resources to prevention, reaction, and rebuilding, is an ongoing challenge.
This project aims to contribute to a more effective and just implementation of R2P by advancing normative debates addressing various areas of research including the U.S. atrocity prevention policy, moral principles of conflict prevention, assigning responsibilities and accountability, causes of mass atrocities, as well as national and international implementation of the norm. We will produce original, and policy relevant research, convene policymakers and stakeholders in order to advance the implementation of R2P, and disseminate our ideas to the broader public.
The program on the responsibility to protect has made a number of contributions.
- Working Paper 1: The Last of Last Resort – Dr. Eamon Aloyo | July 2014
- Just War Theory and the Last of Last Resort – Dr. Eamon Aloyo in Ethics and International Affairs | June 2015
- Reconciling Just Causes for Armed Humanitarian Intervention – Dr. Eamon Aloyo in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice | Forthcoming
- Working Paper 5: The Responsibility to Protect and the Private Sector – Tessa Alleblas | January 2015
- Several individuals have written commentaries on various aspects of contemporary affairs and R2P
- Expert interviews on R2P (YouTube)
- Keynote address by Dr. Jennifer Welsh, Special Adviser for the Responsibility to Protect to the UN Secretary-General, as part of a workshop with government officials, scholars and NGO representatives. Dr. Welsh will also serve on the expert group advising the project along with Dr. Alex Bellamy and Dr. Simon Adams.