The Responsibility to Protect—Five Years On

  title={The Responsibility to Protect—Five Years On},
  author={Alex J. Bellamy},
  journal={Ethics \& International Affairs},
  pages={143 - 169}
  • A. Bellamy
  • Published 1 June 2010
  • Political Science
  • Ethics & International Affairs
The Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) has become a prominent feature in international debates about preventing and responding to genocide and mass atrocities. Since its adoption in 2005, it has been discussed in relation to a dozen major crises and been the subject of discussion at the UN Security Council and General Assembly. This article takes stock of the past five years and examines three questions about RtoP: What is its function? Is it a norm, and, if so, what sort? And what contribution… 

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