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The Ethico-Politics of the Responsibility to Protect

Mar 6, 2014, 1pm-2:30pm

Mark Busser, political science professor at McMaster University, gives this talk.

Since 2001, the idea that the international community has a responsibility to take action in response to mass atrocity crimes has emerged as a prominent new normative framework. In international fora like the United Nations, the idea of the “responsibility to protect” (RtoP) has been re-articulated, reworked, refined and contested. A close analysis of the logic and rhetoric of ‘responsibility’ that underpins its current incarnation can help to understand the ongoing debates over the doctrine’s merits by highlighting the tacit presumptions about the power relations of responsibility that pervade current RtoP discourse.


Location:749 Kaneff Tower
Sponsor:York Centre for International & Security Studies
Posted by:Chris Hendershot
Web Sitehttp://yciss.info.yorku.ca/news-and-events/
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