The Evolution of the Responsibility to Protect: Securing Individuals in a World of States

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 7:00 PM

This lecture will discuss the rapid but controversial rise of the principle of the 'responsibility to protect' in contemporary world politics. It will demonstrate that while recent years have seen significant moves to institutionalize R2P in both states and international organizations, there has also been continuing contestation over R2P's scope and meaning. Prof. Welsh will argue that some of the opposition to R2P has been driven by principled concerns that can and must be addressed in the next phase of the principle's development. She will be joined in discussion by David Welch CIGI Chair of Global Security at BSIA.

Event Speakers

Jennifer Welsh is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Global Governance and Security at McGill University, and director of the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies.