Lessons and Challenges

Gareth Evans

in The Responsibility to Protect

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

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This chapter discusses the three lessons learned from the analysis of the responsibility to protect (RtoP). These are that ideas matter, politics matters, and patience matters. The chapter then identifies the three interrelated but distinct hurdles that the RtoP will have to overcome if it is to be really effective in practice: securing close to unanimous understanding of just what kinds of real-world cases the norm is meant to embrace, and what kind of policy responses it actually requires case by case; having in place the institutional capacity to deliver that response; and having the political will to do so.

Keywords: responsibility to protect; ideas; politics; patience

Chapter.  9304 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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