Sovereignty And The Responsibility To Protect: A New History by Luke GlanvilleSovereignty And The Responsibility To Protect: A New History by Luke Glanville

Sovereignty And The Responsibility To Protect: A New History

byLuke Glanville

Paperback | December 20, 2013

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In 2011, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1973, authorizing its member states to take measures to protect Libyan civilians from Muammar Gadhafi’s forces. In invoking the “responsibility to protect,” the resolution draws on the principle that sovereign states are responsible and accountable to the international community for the protection of their populations and that the international community can act to protect populations when national authorities fail to do so. The idea that sovereignty includes the responsibility to protect is often seen as a departure from the classic definition, but it actually has deep historical roots.
In Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect, Luke Glanville argues that this responsibility extends back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and that states have since been accountable for this responsibility to God, the people, and the international community. Over time, the right to national self-governance came to take priority over the protection of individual liberties, but the noninterventionist understanding of sovereignty was only firmly established in the twentieth century, and it remained for only a few decades before it was challenged by renewed claims that sovereigns are responsible for protection.
Glanville traces the relationship between sovereignty and responsibility from the early modern period to the present day, and offers a new history with profound implications for the present.

Luke Glanville is a fellow in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University. He lives in Canberra, Australia, and is coeditor of several books, including Protecting the Displaced and The Responsibility to Protect and International Law.
Title:Sovereignty And The Responsibility To Protect: A New HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:December 20, 2013Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022607692X

ISBN - 13:9780226076928

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Table of Contents

1. The Social Construction of Sovereign Responsibilities
2. Sovereignty in Early Modern Europe
3. The Rise of Popular Sovereignty 
4. Sovereignty and the Non-European World
5. Sovereignty after the Second World War
6. The Rise of the Responsibility to Protect

Editorial Reviews

“The conventional narrative of sovereignty used to be that it was established at or around the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, and that for many centuries, its meaning remained the same. . . . The idea of the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P) was therefore seen as a radical departure from the traditional interpretation of sovereignty, making it conditional on a government’s capacity and willingness to protect its own population.. . . Glanville’s book makes an important contribution, shedding light on a historical perspective that is often overlooked in the day-to-day debates about the R2P.”