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Responding to Mass Atrocity Crimes: The 'Responsibility to Protect' After Libya

6 October 2011 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London


Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AO QC, Co-Chair, International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2000-01) and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs (1988-96)
Chair: Elizabeth Wilmshurst, CMG, Associate Fellow, International Law, Chatham House



Gareth Evans, one of the key architects of 'responsibility to protect' (R2P), will explore whether the World Summit endorsement of this concept in 2005 has helped the advance towards ending genocide and other major crimes against humanity.  The speaker will examine whether the new norm has been implemented effectively in practice, or whether it remains simply inspirational and aspirational.  He will explore whether this year’s Security Council-endorsed military intervention in Libya constitutes a dramatic new benchmark for its application in extreme cases, or whether it represents the high-water mark from which the tide will now recede.