The security council’s responsibility to protect

Peters, Anne. (2011) The security council’s responsibility to protect. International Organisations Law Review, Vol. 8. pp. 1-40.

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The objective of this paper is to spell out the legal consequences of the concept “responsibilityto protect” (R2P), postulated as a binding legal principle of international law, for the SecurityCouncil and its members. The paper is a thought experiment, because the binding legal force ofR2P is not settled. My argument is that, once R2P is accepted as a full-fledged legal principle,the Security Council (and its members) would be under a legal obligation to authorize or to takesufficiently robust action in R2P situations. The paper then discusses the problems engenderedby the acceptance of such a material obligation and suggests a procedural obligation to justifyinaction instead.
Faculties and Departments:02 Faculty of Law > Departement Rechtswissenschaften > Fachbereich Öffentliches Recht > Titularprofessur Völker- und Staatsrecht (Peters)
UniBasel Contributors:Peters, Anne
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Deposited On:14 Sep 2012 07:05

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