Responsibility to Protect: Reflecting Solidarity?

  • Laurence Boisson de Chazournes
Conference paper
Part of the Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht book series (BEITRÄGE, volume 213)


There are commonalities between, on the one hand, the notion of the responsibility to protect and, on the other, the notion of solidarity. However, each notion has characteristics which are not shared with the other. The shared characteristics and, more generally, the interplay between the two notions will be emphasised. The first part of this analysis will deal with the notion of solidarity, attempting to give a working definition of what it means in the context of international law (I). The notion of “responsibility to protect” as it has emerged in recent years will then be introduced (II). Having underlined the main elements of these definitions, we will switch to an analysis of how they interact in the fields of human rights and international humanitarian law (III and IV). The presentation will conclude with a discussion of international responsibility issues that are raised by the concepts of solidarity and the responsibility to protect, and, in particular, the issue of international responsibility where there is inaction (V).


Security Council Geneva Convention Advisory Opinion Draft Article General Assembly Resolution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurence Boisson de Chazournes
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  1. 1.Department Public International Law and International OrganizationUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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