Europe and North America

Mark V. Vlasic

in The Responsibility to Protect

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

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Europe and North America have worked to develop the responsibility to protect (RtoP) over the past two decades through their interventions and support in intergovernmental organizations. But for all of their support, colonial history and selective application of the concept may have hurt the doctrine's legitimacy. This chapter is organized as follows. Part I discusses the role of Europe and North America in developing the RtoP. Part II is a case study considering Russia's invocation of the RtoP during its assault in Georgia in 2008. Part III discusses criticisms of the RtoP. Part IV discusses the potential role of four regional organizations in the future of the RtoP.

Keywords: responsibility to protect; colonial history; selective application; Russia; Georgia

Chapter.  11770 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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