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The Responsibility to Protect

Jared Genser, Irwin Cotler, Desmond Tutu, and Vaclav Havel


This book provides an overview on how the “responsibility to protect,” (RtoP) a contemporary principle of international law, has developed and analyze how best to apply it to current and future humanitarian crises. The “responsibility to protect” is a doctrine unanimously adopted by the UN World Summit in 2005, which says that all states have an obligation to protect their own citizens from mass atrocities, which includes genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing. Its adoption and application has generated a passionate debate in law schools, professional organizations ... More

Keywords: responsibility to protect, UN World Summit, mass atrocities, genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, crises

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199797769
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797769.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jared Genser, author
Perseus Strategies

Irwin Cotler, author
Canadian Parliament

Desmond Tutu, author


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