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In 2005, the United Nations (UN) reached agreement on the ‘responsibility to protect’, a principle stipulating that states have a responsibility to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. This principle also stipulates that the international community, through the UN, has a complementary responsibility to protect. In this context, member states pledge to take collective action, through the Security Council, on a case-by-case basis, if peaceful means are inadequate and national authorities are manifestly failing to protect their populations. Karin Wester examines a specific case in which the responsibility to protect has been applied, in the international response to the crisis in Libya in 2011. Based on this case study, she investigates the complexities and ramifications of applying the principle of responsibility in practice.

Event details of The promise and pitfalls of the responsibility to protect
Date 6 April 2016
Time 11:00 -12:00
Location Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk
Room Location

A.M.C. Wester: Promise and Pitfalls of the Responsibility to Protect and Lessons to be Learned from the Case of Libya.


Prof. J.J.C. Voorhoeve (Universiteit Leiden)

Prof. P.A. Nollkaemper

Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk

Room Location

Singel 411
1012 XM Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.