The Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in Our Time

Hardcover | November 1, 2011

byJared Genser, Irwin Cotler, Desmond Tutu

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In The Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in Our Time, Jared Genser and Irwin Cotler provide a comprehensive overview on how this contemporary principle of international law has developed and analyze how best to apply it to current and future humanitariancrises. The "responsibility to protect" is a doctrine unanimously adopted by the UN World Summit in 2005, which says that all states have an obligation to protect their own citizens from mass atrocities, which includes genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing. Its adoptionand application has generated a passionate debate in law schools, professional organizations, media and within the U.N. system.To present a full picture of where the doctrine now stands and where it could go in the future, editors Jared Genser and Irwin Cotler have assembled a global team of authors with diverse backgrounds and differing viewpoints, including Edward Luck, the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on theResponsibility to Protect. Genser and Cotler balance the pro-RtoP chapters with more skeptical arguments from agency staff and scholars with long experience in addressing mass atrocities. Framed by a Preface from Desmond Tutu and Vaclav Havel and a Conclusion from Gareth Evans, these in-depth andauthoritative analyses move beyond theory to demonstrate how RtoP has worked on the ground and should work if applied to other crises. The global focus of this book, as well as its detailed application of the principle in case studies make it uniquely useful to staff at international organizationsand NGOs considering use of the principle in a given circumstance, to scholars providing advice to governments, and to students seeking guidance on this still-expanding subject.

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In The Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in Our Time, Jared Genser and Irwin Cotler provide a comprehensive overview on how this contemporary principle of international law has developed and analyze how best to apply it to current and future humanitariancrises. The "responsibility to protect" is a doctr...

Preface by Desmond Tutu and Vaclav Havel. Irwin Cotler is Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Programme at McGill University. He previously served as Canada's Minister of Justice and Attorney General and currently serves as an M.P. in Canada's Parliament. He has taught as a Visiting Professor at Harvard and Yale. Jared ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:420 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Jared Genser and Irwin Cotler: PrefaceAbbreviationsVaclav Havel and Desmond M. Tutu: IntroductionPart IThe Development of the Responsibility to Protect1. Lloyd Axworthy: Evolution of the Concept of State Sovereignty2. William W. Burke-White: Adoption of the Responsibility to Protect3. Tarun Chhabra and Jeremy B. Zucker: Defining the Mass-Atrocity Crimes Covered4. Nicole Deller: Challenges and Controversies5. Edward C. Luck: Implementing the Responsibility to ProtectPart IIRegional Perspectives6. Ademola Abass: Africa7. Noel M. Morada: Asia and the Pacific8. Mark V. Vlasic: Europe and North America9. Gilberto Marcos Antonio Rodrigues: Latin America and the Caribbean10. Mohamed S. Helal: Middle EastPart IIICase Studies11. Andrew S. Natsios and Zachary Scott: Darfur (Sudan)12. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro and Meghan Barron: Burma (Myanmar)13. Meredith Preston-McGhie and Serena Sharma: Kenya14. Damien Kingsbury: Sri Lanka15. Delphine Schrank: Democratic Republic of Congo16. Kjell Magne Bondevik and Kristen Abrams: mocratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)Gareth Evans: Conclusion: Lessons and Challeges