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State violence and the Responsibility to Protect: the role of the international community

  • Date and time: Tuesday 15 November 2011,
  • Speakers: Ignacio Llanos, Dr Chaloka Beyani, Professor Sir Adam Roberts
  • Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt

Abstract

Adam RobertsIn September 2005, 191 Heads of State and Government, gathered at the United Nations General Assembly, formally undertook the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. This was a landmark agreement which was welcomed as a contribution to prevent future mass atrocities. This event will consider what was agreed upon in 2005, and examine its implementation at the international level, in particular, in crises such as that in Libya which appears to be a test case for R2P. The panel will also address present and future challenges to the evolving concept of R2P. 

Speakers

Chaloka Beyani is Senior Lecturer in Law at LSE and UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons. He has  acted as legal advisor, consultant, and expert to: the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; the Office of the High Commissioner on Refugees; the World Health Organization; the United Nations Population Fund; United Nations Development Fund for Women; the European Union; the Commonwealth Secretariat; and the African Union. More recently, Dr Beyani drafted and negotiated the adoption of peace treaties by the 11 core Member States of the International Conference on the Great Lakes in East and Central Africa.

Ignacio Llanos is a diplomat from Chile, who joined the Foreign Service of his country in 1987. In 2005 he was member of the Chilean team that negotiated at the United Nations the World Summit Outcome, a document which consecrated the notion of Responsibility to Protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. He has been Counsellor of the Embassy of Chile in the United Kingdom since February 2010

Adam Roberts is President of the British Academy and Emeritus Professor of International Relations , Oxford University. His books include (ed. with Vaughan Lowe, Jennifer Welsh and Dominik Zaum), The United Nations Security Council and War: The Evolution of Thought and Practice since 1945, Oxford University Press, 2008.

Event Recording

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