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The Responsibility to Protect: the Case of Libya

  • Karin Wester
Thursday 22 September 2016
WHAT's NEW?! Fall Lecture Series
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Lipsius 003

The Responsibility to Protect: the Case of Libya

In 2011, the crisis in Libya represented the first case in which the international community invoked the responsibility to protect – a principle adopted in 2005 by UN member states – in order to justify taking coercive measures, first sanctions and then the use of military force. This lecture will reconstruct and analyze how the responsibility to protect has been applied in the case of Libya, and what implications the Libyan case holds for the implementation of the principle in future cases. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, including in-depth interviews with politicians, diplomats, and NGO-representatives, the talk will demonstrate that the case of Libya has fully exposed the potential, as well as the complexities and dilemma’s inherent in the responsibility to protect - which has ultimately had far-reaching consequences for Libya and for the wider MENA-region. 

About Karin Wester

Karin Wester is a Dutch diplomat with broad experience in the field of peace and security, international law, human rights, the UN, the EU, the Middle East, and cultural diplomacy. She has a background in journalism and cultural history and recently finished a PhD on the principle of the Responsibility to Protect and the intervention in Libya in 2011. She is currently the Strategic Policy Advisor for the Middle East and North Africa of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Previously, she held positions at the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York, at the Dutch Embassy in Madrid, and as a speechwriter for the Minister of Foreign Affairs. From 2007 to 2013, she was an Executive Secretary of the Advisory Council on International Affairs of the Netherlands, an advisory body of the Dutch Government and Parliament. In this position she worked on in-depth reports in the field of international law, human rights, the EU, and the Middle East.

This WHAT's NEW?! lecture is followed by drinks in cafe de Keyzer (Kaiserstraat 2-4).

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