The Responsibility to Protect and a Cosmopolitan Approach to Human Protection

  • Samuel James Wyatt

Part of the New Security Challenges book series (NSECH)

About this book


This book conceptualizes Responsibility to Protect doctrine (R2P) as part of a global cosmopolitan agenda, drawing on the work of Jürgen Habermas, and argues that R2P is reflective of a shift towards a more cosmopolitan approach to human protection. The author also proposes a framework of analysis that includes a strong legal dimension in order to advance reforms to the international legal, political and military structures in order to better prevent humanitarian crises and protect civilians in times of conflict. The volume explores the cosmopolitan, moral and legal progress that has occurred—and could yet occur—under R2P as the approach to human protection transitions in the Post-Cold War era.

Samuel James Wyatt is a civil servant in the UK. His research interests include cosmopolitan theory and practice, international law, warfare (in particular the conflicts in Libya and Syria), human rights, humanitarian intervention, global constitutionalism, globalisation and global justice.


R2P responsibility to protect Jurgen Habermas global cosmpolitan agenda human protection human rights civilian protection conflict conflict studies legal processes in R2P international law cosmopolitan theory warfare humanitarian intervention globalisation global justice global constitutionalism ethics of R2P constitutional cosmopolitan approach

Authors and affiliations

  • Samuel James Wyatt
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  1. 1.SheffieldUK

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-00700-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-00701-0
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