Ademola Abass

in The Responsibility to Protect

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199797769
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919369 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the role of the African Union (AU) in implementing the responsibility to protect (RtoP) in Africa, especially the relation of Article 4(h) of its Act to the principles of “non indifference” and “non-interference.” It considers whether (African) regional organizations have a residual role in implementing the RtoP, especially in light of the AU “Ezulwini Consensus” and the 2005 World Summit Outcome Documents. Additionally, the chapter briefly examines the relevance of the African Peace and Security Architecture, especially concerning the powers of the AU Peace and Security Council, and the Union's cooperation with Regional Economic Communities. Finally, it examines the legality of regional implementation of RtoP under international law.

Keywords: responsibility to protect; African Union; non-indifference; non-interference; African organizations; African Peace and Security Architecture; regional economic communities

Chapter.  14410 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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