The UN Security Council Members' Responsibility to Protect

A Legal Analysis

  • Andreas S. Kolb

Part of the Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht book series (BEITRÄGE, volume 274)

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This book examines the hard legal core, if any, of the “Responsibility to Protect (R2P)” concept with regard to the commitment to take collective action through the UN Security Council. It addresses the question of whether public international law establishes a duty on the part of the individual Security Council members to collectively take the necessary action to prevent atrocities (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing). To this end, it offers an interpretation of provisions in multilateral conventions, such as the undertaking to prevent genocide in Article 1 of the Genocide Convention and the undertaking to ensure respect for the Geneva Conventions in common Article 1 of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, analyses the UN Charter framework for Security Council action, and explores whether the recognition of the international responsibility to protect has prompted the emergence of a new norm for general international law.


Responsibility to Protect R2P UN Security Council Atrocity crimes Cenocide Crimes against humanity Crime prevention

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  • Andreas S. Kolb
    • 1
  1. 1.HamburgGermany

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  • Copyright Information Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V., to be exercised by Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, Heidelberg 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-55643-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-55644-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-4770
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-7135
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