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International Policymaking. The Case of the Norm of the Responsibility to Protect

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  • Feigenblatt, Otto F. von
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    The norm of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) has received increasing international attention in the last few years. In summary R2P refers to a concept that arose in the late 1990s in Canada which emphasizes the responsibility that governments and the international community have to protect their population. Thus, it is a concept that attempts to redefine sovereignty from its traditional basis on rights to one based on duties and responsibilities. The importance of the R2P as a concept is that it is an attempt to shape global governance at the highest level. Therefore, it is an example of policymaking at the global level and serves as a good case study on how a concept arises, can be transformed into a norm, and ultimately is institutionalized in international law. There is a final step which involves the operationalization of the norm and this is the stage in which R2P can be found at the moment.

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    Article provided by Entelequia y Grupo (Universidad de Málaga) in its journal Entelequia. Revista Interdisciplinar.

    Volume (Year): (2010)
    Issue (Month): 11 (Spring)
    Pages: 267-272

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    Handle: RePEc:erv:ancoec:y:2010:i:11:p:267-272
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