Peacekeeping and the responsibility to protect

Hassler, S. (2010) Peacekeeping and the responsibility to protect. Journal of International Peacekeeping, 14 (1-2). pp. 134-183. ISSN 1875-4104 Available from:

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Th is article examines the debate surrounding the responsibility to protect [R2P] with particular reference to the use of peacekeeping forces in that regard. Post-Cold War, human protection had expanded into a matter of international concern. Yet, where formerly humanitarian intervention was the mot du jour, a change in conceptual vocabulary led to the introduction of R2P and to a redefinition of sovereignty. Accordingly, the primary responsibility to protect its citizens rests with the sovereign state but, owing to international solidarity, the residual responsibility rests with the international community. Contextually, R2P is embedded in a continuum of responsibilities: prevent, react and rebuild. Proponents of the concept already see a norm in development. Still, divisions and confusion remain concerning the concept’s legal basis, its scope and its parameters. This is particularly relevant in view of peacekeeping forces, which have been increasingly deployed for humanitarian purposes. Because of ill-defi ned mandates and an overextension of resources, however, traditional peacekeeping is no longer suitable, lacking the resources, the personnel and the necessary expertise. To be able to fulfil the goals of R2P, peacekeeping will have to be redefined and the forces equipped with more robust mandates or fail.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:humanitarian intervention, responsibility to protect, human security, sovereignty, peacekeeping, peace enforcement, norm development
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Law
ID Code:13698
Deposited By: B. Caddick
Deposited On:27 Jan 2011 17:50
Last Modified:15 Nov 2016 22:13

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