EUR2PE: The Responsibility to Protect at the Centre of Europe

Professor Alex Bellamy to speak at University of Leeds launch of European Centre for Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P) – December 8th 2016

All are invited to a POLIS lecture by Professor Alex Bellamy (The University of Queensland, Australia) on “Implementing R2P: Progress, Challenges and the Next 10 Years”

This free public event will mark the launch of the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P) which is a partnership with the School of Politics & International Studies, University of Leeds,  The Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention and The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

Date: Thursday, December 8th 2016

Time: 16.00-17.30 (please arrive early to secure your place) Location: Clothworkers South Building LT 2 (3.04), University of Leeds – click here for campus map – Directions for the room: Go through main door of Clothworkers South building, then go upstairs to third floor, turn left, LT 2 is at end of corridor

Accessibility directions: The lift to the 3rd floor is small and unlikely to be suitable for electric wheelchair users. Entry is via the front of the lecture theatre where there is a waiting space for a wheelchair but no resting surface. The facebook event can be accessed here

Biography: Professor Alex Bellamy is Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at The University of Queensland, Australia. He is also Non-Resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute, New York and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. In 2008-2009 he served as co-chair of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Study Group on the Responsibility to Protect and he currently serves as Secretary of the High Level Advisory Panel on the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia. His recent books include Responsibility to Protect: A Defence (Oxford, 2014), The Oxford Handbook on the Responsibility to Protect (edited with Tim Dunne, Oxford, 2016), Providing Peacekeepers (with Paul D. Williams) (Oxford, 2013) and Massacres and Morality (Oxford, 2012). Dr Bellamy is also co-editor of the Global Responsibility to Protect journal. He is currently writing a book on the decline of mass atrocities in East Asia.

Abstract of lecture: When it comes to R2P, most of the normative struggle is now behind us while most of the operational challenges are still before us. Recognizing that a gap has emerged between the world’s normative commitment to R2P and its ability to make this principle a living reality, this talk calls for a more comprehensive approach to the practice of R2P. This must include the full range of actors that play a role in inhibiting atrocity crimes and protecting vulnerable populations, including the new European Centre for R2P at the University of Leeds. The talk will combine analysis of the normative effort to win support for the R2P principle with an examination of international responses to major crises since 2009, such as those in the Middle East (Libya, Syria, Yemen) and sub-Saharan Africa (DRC, South Sudan, Mali, CAR), as well as some critical cases before that time (notably Kenya and Sri Lanka). It will suggest that whilst tangible progress has been made, significant challenges remain ahead that will require a redoubling of efforts.

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