This issue features Edward C. Luck on the history and future of the responsibility to protect; Robyn Eckersley on the politics of carbon leakage; Meri Koivusalo on common health policy interests and ethical global health outcomes; and Jennifer Welsh on recent books on the responsibility to protect.
The Responsibility to Protect: Growing Pains or Early Promise? [Full Text]
The ability of RtoP to deliver has been mixed, but it is a bit early in RtoP's young life to judge what it will be when it grows up as a mature policy tool. There is reason to question, as well, whether Somalia and Darfur are the best tests of RtoP's potential.
The Politics of Carbon Leakage and the Fairness of Border Measures [Abstract]
It is possible to design fair border measures that address carbon leakage, are consistent with the leadership responsibilities of developed countries, do not penalize developing countries, and ensure that consumers take some responsibility for the emissions outsourced to developing countries.
Common Health Policy Interests and the Shaping of Global Pharmaceutical Policies [Abstract]
The division of interests in key health policy areas are not necessarily between rich and poor countries, but between pharmaceutical industry interests and health policy interests on the one hand, and national industrial and trade policy interests and public health policies on the other.
Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: Where Expectations Meet Reality [Full Text]
Scholars of RtoP need a much deeper understanding of both how norms evolve and the competing normative commitments that drive those who remain skeptical of endowing the international community with a responsibility to protect.
"The Birthright Lottery: Citizenship and Global Inequality" by Ayelet Shachar [Full Text]
"The Birthright Lottery" puts forward an account of birthright citizenship as analogous to inherited property, and proposes a birthright privilege levy on citizenship inheritance that citizens of affluent countries should contribute to alleviate global inequalities of wealth and opportunity.
"Genocide: A Normative Account" by Larry May [Full Text]
Larry May's "Genocide: A Normative Account" is not a study of genocide per se, but rather an attempt to draw attention to the conceptual and practical difficulties and "puzzles" of conceptualizing and prosecuting genocide under international law.
"Women and States: Norms and Hierarchies in International Society" by Ann E. Towns [Full Text]
This new work by Ann Towns is an intelligent and timely addition to interdisciplinary scholarship that is interested in the relationships between the status of women, state behavior, and approaches to global governance.
Briefly Noted [Full Text]
This section contains a round-up of recent notable books in the field of international affairs.