The UN Security Council Members' Responsibility to Protect

The UN Security Council Members' Responsibility to Protect : A Legal Analysis

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This book examines the hard legal core, if any, of the "Responsibility to Protect (R2P)" concept with regard to the commitment to take collective action through the UN Security Council. It addresses the question of whether public international law establishes a duty on the part of the individual Security Council members to collectively take the necessary action to prevent atrocities (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing). To this end, it offers an interpretation of provisions in multilateral conventions, such as the undertaking to prevent genocide in Article 1 of the Genocide Convention and the undertaking to ensure respect for the Geneva Conventions in common Article 1 of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, analyses the UN Charter framework for Security Council action, and explores whether the recognition of the international responsibility to protect has prompted the emergence of a new norm for general international law.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 626 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 35.05mm | 1,130g
  • Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
  • Berlin, Germany
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2018
  • 3 Illustrations, black and white; XXI, 626 p. 3 illus.
  • 366255643X
  • 9783662556436

Table of contents

1 The Security Council and the Responsibility to Protect in the Age of New Wars.- 2 Legal Theory and Methodology.- 3 The Security Council and International Law.- 4 The International Law of Atrocity Crime Prevention.- 5 Multilateral Debates on R2P and the Protection of Civilians, and Their Impact on General and Treaty Law.- 6 Security Council Practice on Atrocity Crime Prevention Since the End of the Cold War.- 7 Conclusions.
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