Responsibility to Protect
Responsibility to Protect
From Principle to Practice
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André Nollkaemper, Julia Hoffmann (eds)

Responsibility to Protect

From Principle to Practice

The tragic events in the 1990s in Rwanda, Srebrenica and Kosovo, and the crisis in Libya in 2011 have triggered a fundamental rethinking of the role and responsibility of the international community. It is now accepted that while individual states continue to bear the primary responsibility to protect their populations against genocide, ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity and war crimes within their boundaries, the international community should step in when the state is unable or unwilling to provide such protection. The principle of the Responsibility to Protect, or RtoP, reflects this recognition, and provides the normative basis for involvement of the international community in cases of mass atrocities.

This thoughtful work is a major contribution towards clarifying what RtoP can offer, moving from principle to practice. It spans the disciplines of international law, international relations, and moral philosophy.
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André Nollkaemper

André Nollkaemper is hoogleraar Internationaal Publiekrecht aan de Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid van de Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Julia Hoffmann

Julia Hoffmann is assistant professor of Media, Peace and Conflict Studies at the University for Peace in Costa Rica.