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The Responsibility to Protect$
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Jared Genser, Irwin Cotler, Desmond Tutu, and Vaclav Havel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199797769

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797769.001.0001

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From Promise to Practice: Implementing the Responsibility to Protect

From Promise to Practice: Implementing the Responsibility to Protect

(p.85) 5 From Promise to Practice: Implementing the Responsibility to Protect
The Responsibility to Protect

Edward C. Luck

Oxford University Press

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

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