Making RtoP a living reality: reflections on the 2012 General Assembly dialogue on timely and decisive response

Bellamy, Alex J. (2013) Making RtoP a living reality: reflections on the 2012 General Assembly dialogue on timely and decisive response. Global Responsibility to Protect, 5 1: 109-125. doi:10.1163/1875984X-00501006

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Author Bellamy, Alex J.
Title Making RtoP a living reality: reflections on the 2012 General Assembly dialogue on timely and decisive response
Journal name Global Responsibility to Protect   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1875-9858
1875-984X
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1163/1875984X-00501006
Open Access Status
Volume 5
Issue 1
Start page 109
End page 125
Total pages 17
Place of publication Leiden, Netherlands
Publisher Brill Nijhoff
Language eng
Abstract This article reflects upon the UN General Assembly’s 2012 informal interactive dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP), which was on the theme of ‘timely and decisive response’. It shows that although Member States recognize that ‘timely and decisive’ responses to genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity could sometimes prove controversial, none disputed the occasional necessity of robust enforcement measures when properly authorized by the Security Council and used as a last resort. Against this backdrop, the paper identifies and engages with three of the key challenges that emerged in the dialogue: the relationship between the the three pillars of RtoP, the problem of consistency in the application of the principle, and the challenge of making prevention a ‘living reality’. The paper identifies ways of navigating these challenges and proposes a pathway for the further consolidation of RtoP in international practice.
Keyword General Assembly
United Nations
Intervention
Responsibility to protect
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
 
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