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Panel Discussion on the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine (R2P)

Thursday 19 December 2019
The Hague Humanity Hub
Fluwelen Burgwal 58
2511 CJ Den Haag
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We welcome Dr. Karen Smith, special adviser to the UN Secretary General on R2P, along with Prof. Sara Davies (Griffith University), Dr. Eamon Aloyo (Leiden University), and Dr. Cristina G. Stefan (University of Leeds), to discuss four key issues in the context of R2P;

  • How to move beyond discussions of genesis R2P and rather think about how to mainstream the three pillars across UN activities, especially in the area of ​​development and atrocity prevention?
  • How can the 'norm' or R2P be fortified more strongly and embedded in the international community more effectively to help prevent genocide and other mass atrocity crimes? How can we move the debate about R2P away from sticking points about sovereignty and the accusations that serves as a Trojan Horse for the West?
  • R2P requires institutional preparedness. As we move towards the 75th anniversary of the UN, thinking about the 100th anniversary in 2045, what institutional changes are required at the UN, but also among regional organizations in order to implement more effectively R2P standards.
  • How can political challenges be overcome not merely among the P5 but also crucially incorporating views of the norm and its effectiveness in the Global South?'

This panel discussion will be chaired by Prof. Séverine Autesserre (Columbia University). Please register for this event.  


We invite you to stay afterwards for a drinks reception in the Hub café. Please register via this link.

Link to registration form

This panel discussion is part of a two-day workshop on Women in Peace and Security, which will take place at Wijnhaven. Details can be found here.

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