Adoption of the Responsibility to Protect

William W. Burke-White

in The Responsibility to Protect

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199797769
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919369 | DOI:
Adoption of the Responsibility to Protect

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This chapter is both an exploration of the processes of development of the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP), and a call for prudence in its legal codification. It proceeds as follows. First, it examines the initial articulation of the RtoP in the 2001 Report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. Thereafter it considers the adoption of the RtoP by the United Nations General Assembly during the 2005 World Summit. Next, it turns to the reaffirmation of the RtoP by the Security Council in 2006 and the 2009 General Assembly debates on the topic. The chapter concludes by arguing that while the RtoP remains a non-legally binding norm, human security is best served through gradual development rather than immediate legal codification.

Keywords: legal codification; International Commission; United Nations; Security Council; human security

Chapter.  10167 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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