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From Promise to Practice: Implementing the Responsibility to Protect

Edward C. Luck

in The Responsibility to Protect

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199797769
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919369 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797769.003.0017
From Promise to Practice: Implementing the Responsibility to Protect

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The implementation of the responsibility to protect (RtoP) is a work in progress. That is true in 2011. It is likely to be so in 2021 and 2031 as well. As a policy tool, not just an aspiration or standard, the RtoP is in its infancy. In these formative years, choices are being made, both at the United Nations and in national capitals, that could profoundly shape the future development of this promising, perhaps even historic, concept. This chapter looks at the UN side of this development process over three critical years, from early 2008 to early 2011.

Keywords: implementation; United Nations; responsibility to protect

Chapter.  12233 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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