Critiques and Critics of R2P

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Since its emergence as a bold idea in the ICISS report of 2001 and subsequently adopted by the UN at the 2005 World Summit, R2P has remained deeply controversial for its inherent support of the doctrine of international humanitarian intervention, notwithstanding critical differences between the concept of humanitarian intervention and R2P. Indeed, despite the UN embrace, R2P has not gone very far in terms of its implementation by member states. But the Libya crisis in 2011 marked R2P’s high point when for the first time, the UN invoked R2P to pass a resolution in support of international intervention in that country to protect civilians from mass atrocity crimes. Yet, that intervention has not been without problems. This chapter reviews some of the critiques and critics of R2P since the outbreak of the Arab Spring.


Humanitarian intervention Protection of civilians New humanitarianism Mass atrocity prevention (MAP) R2P-plus Preventive responsibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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