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The Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in Our Time Hardcover – September 1, 2011

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An impressive overview of a complex and politically controversial concept ... The volume brings together not only some of the world's most insightful writers on this issue, but many of those responsible for putting R2P on the international agenda ... This is an important book for understanding the complexities of applying R2P in actual situations on the ground, and will be of interest to a wide audience. Elizabeth Ferris, Journal of Refugee Studies Vol. 25 With an introduction by Desmond Tutu and the late Vaclav Havel, the assembled contributors have produced the best discussion on how best to apply R2P to current and future humanitarian crises. Thor Halvorssen, Huffington Post Including perspectives from a diverse group of experts, iThe responsibility to Protectr makes an important contribution to the growing scholarship about this new and evolving doctrine. At the same time, however, the case studies in the book illustrate the painful reality of the large gap between the world's stated commitment to halting mass atrocities and its ongoing practice. Ultimately, it recommends a series of practical steps that should be taken by the international community to bring its promise to fruition. The Honourable Romeo A. Dallaire, Senator (Canada) and Lietenant General (Ret.) The goalposts have moved in recent years as much more robust obligations are expected of states and intergovernmental organizations when vulnerable groups face humanitarian crises, be these man-made or natural. Nowhere is this more clearly manifested than in the evolving doctrine of iThe Responsibility to Protectr. This rich and authoritative collection of essays provides a superb tour d'horizon of the subject, explaining the theoretical and political issues and setting out the relevance of the concept to the great challenges of our times. William Schabas, Middlesex University, London

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Preface by Desmond Tutu and Vaclav Havel Irwin Cotler is Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Programme at McGill University. He previously served as Canada's Minister of Justice and Attorney General and currently serves as an M.P. in Canada's Parliament. He has taught as a Visiting Professor at Harvard and Yale.

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