Debating the Future of the ‘Responsibility to Protect’

The Evolution of a Moral Norm

  • Pinar Gözen Ercan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Pınar Gözen Ercan
    Pages 1-14
  3. Shifting the Terms of the Debate: From Humanitarian Intervention to the Responsibility to Protect

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Pınar Gözen Ercan
      Pages 17-35
    3. Pınar Gözen Ercan
      Pages 37-54
  4. The Path to an International Norm?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Pınar Gözen Ercan
      Pages 57-84
    3. Pınar Gözen Ercan
      Pages 85-104
  5. To Protect or Not to Protect?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Pınar Gözen Ercan
      Pages 107-142
    3. Pınar Gözen Ercan
      Pages 143-149
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 151-202

About this book


This study examines the relevance of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in responding to humanitarian challenges across the world. In proposing a number of revisionist alternatives, Ercan proposes a way forward for R2P, particularly regarding its Second and Third Pillars. Despite the debate shifting from a right to intervene towards a responsibility to protect, the conceptual and systemic limitations imposed on R2P via its institutionalisation have hampered its ability to consolidate change. In light of this, Ercan argues that R2P cannot make a positive contribution towards changing the international system without first being equipped with new powers.


Responsibility to Protect Humanitarian Intervention United Nations International Community United Nations Norm Evolution

Authors and affiliations

  • Pinar Gözen Ercan
    • 1
  1. 1.Iktisadi ve Idari Bilimler FakultesiHacettepe Universitesi Iktisadi ve Idari Bilimler FakultesiAnkaraTurkey

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-52426-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-52427-0
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