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Roundtable: Libya, RtoP, and Humanitarian Intervention

Introduction [Abstract] 08/12/11
Three central questions lie at the heart of this roundtable. First, what are the implications of Libya for the RtoP doctrine? Second, how should we judge the intervention in Libya morally and politically? Third, what is the likelihood of future action under RtoP?
Author(s): James Pattison

Civilian Protection in Libya: Putting Coercion and Controversy Back into RtoP [Abstract] 08/12/11
While it is unclear how the crisis in Libya will affect the fortunes and trajectory of the principle of the responsibility to protect, Libya will significantly shape the parameters within which the debate over what RtoP entails, and how it might be operationalized, will occur.
Author(s): Jennifer Welsh

Libya and the Responsibility to Protect: The Exception and the Norm [Abstract] 08/12/11
Where it was once a term of art employed by a handful of likeminded countries, activists, and scholars, but regarded with suspicion by much of the rest of the world, RtoP has become a commonly accepted frame of reference for preventing and responding to mass atrocities.
Author(s): Alex J. Bellamy

The Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention in Libya [Abstract] 08/12/11
The moral permissibility of the intervention in Libya largely turns on two fairly tricky assessments: whether the situation was sufficiently serious at the time the intervention was launched and what the predominant purposes of the intervention were.
Author(s): James Pattison

"Leading from Behind": The Responsibility to Protect, the Obama Doctrine, and Humanitarian Intervention after Libya [Abstract] 08/12/11
The legal significance of Libya is minimal, though the international response does show how the politics of humanitarian intervention has shifted to the point where it is harder to do nothing in the face of atrocities.
Author(s): Simon Chesterman

RtoP Alive and Well after Libya [Abstract] 08/12/11
If the Libyan intervention goes well, it will put teeth in the fledgling RtoP doctrine. Yet, if it goes badly, critics will redouble their opposition, and future decisions will be made more difficult. Libya suggests that we can say no more Holocausts, Cambodias, and Rwandas--and occasionally mean it.
Author(s): Thomas G. Weiss

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