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The Responsibility to Protect and the Failures of the United Nations Security Council


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Critical analysis of the options open to States when exercising their responsibility to protect

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I. A Warning to Humanity 1. The Scope and Aim of this Book 2. The Myth of Humanitarian Intervention 3. Between Illegality and Inaction II. The Responsibility to Protect 1. The ICISS Report 2. Response to the ICISS Report 3. Implementation of the World Summit Outcome 4. Conclusions III. The Legal Responsibilities of the United Nations Security Council 1. The Security Council's Responsibility to Protect 2. The Responsibility to Maintain International Peace and Security 3. The Failures of the Security Council 4. The Tertiary Responsibility to Protect - A Continuum of Responsibility 5. Conclusions IV. The Tertiary Responsibility and Forcible Measures 1. The Prohibition of Force 2. The Original Interpretation of Article 2(4) 3. The Mechanics of Article 2(4) 4. Force Beyond the Security Council? 5. Conclusions V. The Tertiary Responsibility and Non-Forcible Measures 1. The Principle of Non-Intervention 2. Countermeasures 3. Conclusion on Coercive Measures VI. Implementing the Tertiary Responsibility to Protect 1. The Tertiary Responsibility within the UN 2. The Tertiary Responsibility Beyond the United Nations 3. Conclusions VII. General Conclusions

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Patrick Butchard is Lecturer in Law at Edge Hill University.


This is an original account of such an important issue in the field and should be key reading for students, academics, and practitioners across the spectrum hoping to continue an exploration of legal alternatives for R2P implementation in the face of UN Security Council failure. -- Blake Lawrinson * Responsibility to Protect Student Journal *

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