EUR2PE: The Responsibility to Protect at the Centre of Europe

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United Nations Reform and R2P – Workshop June 24th 2016

This workshop took place at Leeds Backett University and was organised by Jess Gifkins. The workshop is part of an ESRC seminar series on the responsibility to protect, international criminal justice, and the rising powers.

Panel 1: Women, Peace and Security, the Practice of Diplomacy, and the Feasibility of Reform (chaired by James Pattison), with Sabrina White, Jason Ralph and Jess Gifkins

Panel 2: The UN Secretariat and Alternatives to the Use of Force (chaired by Benedict Docherty), with Jess Gifkins, Stephen McLoughlin and Rachel Julian

Panel 3 – UN Reform and Implementation of R2P (chaired by Aidan Hehir), with Bola Adediran and Alexander Bohm

November 2015

Workshop: Russia, India and the Responsibility to Protect

University of Manchester, November 6 2015

Session One: Introduction by Aidan Hehir followed by: Denial of morals and expertise: The logic of contestation in the Russian and Western representations of humanitarianism (MP3 file) – Xymena Kurowska and Aidan Hehir

Session Two: The conflicting dynamics of Indian domestic/foreign policy that lead to a cautious approach toward R2P / How ‘Human Rights Up Front’ and the New Protection Agenda at the UN challenge Indian foreign policy / Indian foreign policy and international human rights norms: A role-theorerical analysis (MP3 file) – Dibyesh Anand, Gerrit Kurtz, Miriam Möller

Session Three: Introduction by Jason Ralph followed by: India and the dilemmas of R2P / India and the R2P: A bridge too far? (MP3 file) – Jason Ralph, Samir Kumar Das, Harsh Pant

July 2015

Panel Discussion: Srebrenica, 20 years on

The University of Queensland – St Lucia Campus, Monday 13 July, 4:30 pm

Alex Bellamy – Jason Ralph – Sarah Teitt – Phil Orchard

Researchers from the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) commemorate the Srebrenica genocide and learn how the UN and Member States have modified their practices in the aftermath of this tragedy to strengthen the UN’s capacity to prevent atrocities and protect civilians under threat.

Background reading:

This week, the UN Security Council marked the 20th anniversary of the massacre in Srebrenica by failing to pass a draft resolution strongly condemning the events there as genocide. On a piece for the Australian Institute of International Affairs Alex Bellamy reflects that, after Srebrenica and Rwanda, the world is more aware of the potential for mass murder, and more prepared to act.

The 20th Anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide marks a reminder of a painful point in the recent history of UK foreign policy, says AP R2P and School Visiting Research Fellow Jason Ralph in the latest AP R2P policy brief on the UK and R2P. The failure to prevent ethnic cleansing in Bosnia was, in the words of one commentator, the UK’s ‘unfinest hour’, and New Labour’s so-called ‘ethical foreign policy’ was in part a response to that failure. Since then, the UK has approached the challenge of mass atrocity prevention by re-examining its own policy and taking on a leadership role that befits its status as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

June 2015

The Responsibility to Protect @ Ten

The anniversary conference of the ESRC funded series on The Responsibility to Protect and Prosecute: The Political Sustainability of Liberal Norms in an Age of Shifting Power balances, organised jointly between the Universities of Westminster, Leeds and Manchester, and held at the University of Westminster on the 22nd and 23rd June, 2015

Day 1 Keynote (MP3 file) – Dr Mark Kersten, Researcher, University of Toronto

Day 1 Panel 1Emerging Powers in Africa and RtoP (MP3 file) – Dr Alex Beresford, University of Leeds and Dr Malte Brosig, University of Witwatersrand

Day 1 Panel 2The ICC, RtoP and Africa (MP3 file) – Dr Kurt Mills, University of Glasgow – Dr Cristina Stefan, University of Leeds and Dr Linnea Gelot, University of Gothenburg

Day 2 Keynote (MP3 file) – Professor Mervyn Frost, King’s College London

Day 2 Panel 1 Reflections on RtoP at Ten (MP3 file) – Dr Theresa Reinold, University of Leiden, Dr Jess Gifkins, University of Exeter, Ms Sarah Brockmeier Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin and Dr David Karp, University of Sussex

Day 2 RoundtableThe Future of RtoP (MP3 file) – Mr Justin Morris, University of Hull, Dr Thersea Reinold, University of Leiden, Dr Aidan Hehir, University of Westminster, Professor Stephen Hopgood, School of Oriental and African Studies, Dr Adrian Gallagher, University of Leeds

January 12 2015

Seminar 3 of the ESRC Seminar Series What Responsibility to Rebuild?: The Responsibility to Protect, Jus Post Bellum, and Transitional Justice
Research Centre for Social Sciences, University of York

Keynote Speech (MP3 file) Alex Bellamy (Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect)

Panel I: Jus Post Bellum and Peacebuilding (MP3 file) Richard Caplan (University of Oxford), Edward Newman (University of Leeds), Paul Schulte (Kings College London)

Panel II: Jus Post Bellum and the Responsibility to Protect (MP3 file) Steven Costello (NGO Forum, South Sudan), Mark Evans (Swansea University), Adrian Gallagher (University of Leeds), James Pattison (University of Manchester)

Panel III: Jus Post Bellum and Transitional Justice (MP3 file) Christine Bell (University of Edinburgh), James Souter (University of Leeds), Marieke Wierda (former Transitional Justice Adviser, UNSMIL)

December 4 2014

Seminar 4 of the ESRC Seminar Series Responsibility to Protect and Prosecute in an Age of Shifting Power Balances. “China and The Responsibility to Protect”
University of Leeds The Nathan Bodington Chamber, The Parkinson Building.

Panel 1: R2P and the Great Powers: A Greater Responsibility to Protect? / How do concepts travel? China, R2P and the Western/Asian divide / China and the responsibility to protect (MP3 file) – Justin Morris / Cath Jones / Astrid Nordin. Chair: Aidan Hehir (University of Westminster)

Guest Lecture: The concept of Responsible Protection (MP3 file) – Ruan Zongze, Vice President China Institute of International Studies. Chair: Adrian Gallagher (University of Leeds)

Panel 2: Chinese Perspectives on Humanitarian Interventions: The case of Syria / China’s Responsible Protection Concept: A Constructive Re-Interpretation of R2P? / Scholars, Policymakers, and the Responsibility to Protect Debate in China (MP3 file) – Shogo Suzuki / Andrew Garwood-Gowers / Kingsley Edney. Chair: James Pattison (University of Manchester). Download the article Andrew Garwood-Gowers refers to in his presentation here.

23 September 2014

Iraq War 3.0 School of Political Science and International Studies at University of Queensland

On the day the international coalition extended military airstrikes to Syria, Professor Jason Ralph joined leading researchers in the School of Political Science and International Studies and the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect participated in a public roundtable on the war in Iraq, titled Iraq War 3.0. In this roundtable, chaired by Head of School Associate Professor Richard Devetak. Dr Andrew Phillips spoke on the origins and characteristics of Islamic State/ ISIS; Professor Kath Gelber addressed the decision-making role of Parliament; Dr Matt McDonald spoke to the politics of Australian participation in military action; Sarah Teitt asked whether the mission could be seen as an R2P intervention; Professor Jason Ralph explored the question of whether this was a new ‘war on terror’ or an extension of the previous one; Dr Phil Orchard pointed to the humanitarian crisis associated with population displacement; and Professor Alex Bellamy asked what the future of Iraq and Syria might look like.

30 June 2014

Syria and International Justice LSE Centre for International Studies Dialogue at LSE
Thai Theatre New Academic Building

With a draft Security Council resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court vetoed, what, if anything, should the international community or other interested actors do to achieve justice in Syria?

Jason Ralph spoke alongside

Kevin Jon Heller
Professor of Criminal Law, SOAS. @kevinjonheller

Dov Jacobs
Asst Professor of Intl Law, Grotius Centre. @dovjacobs

Mark Kersten
Researcher, LSE. Justiceinconflict.org. @MarkKersten

Leslie Vinjamuri
Senior Lecturer in IR & Co-Director of CCRJ, SOAS. @londonvinjamuri

Kirsten Ainley
Director of LSE CIS. @kirstenainley

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