ICCS Seminar Series: '"The Responsibility to Protect" and the Unreasonable Veto'

Monday 13th October 2014 (17:00-18:30)

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 ‘“The Responsibility to Protect” and the Unreasonable Veto’

Mr Justin Morris (University of Hull)

Monday 13th October

5pm-6.30pm, Room 714 Muirhead


Intervention-and-State-buildingThe roots of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) are to be found in the international community’s attempts to navigate a route through UN Security Council (UNSC) inaction in the face of mass human rights atrocities.  The likelihood of such inaction is exacerbated by the ability of UNSC Permanent members to veto actions which they oppose, but given the level of human suffering which characterises such crises, should this right of veto, unfettered by the UN Charter, be subject to some degree of constraint?  Issues relating to this question are considered in ‘The Responsibility to Protect and the “Unreasonable” Veto’.

Justin Morris is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Hull. His primary research interests include IR theory (particularly the English School), international organisations (particularly the United Nations Security Council), humanitarian intervention and the role of international law in international politics. He is co-author (with the late Professor Hilaire McCoubrey) of Regional Peacekeeping in the Post-Cold War Eraand with Dr Richard Burchill and Prof. Nigel White is co-editor of International Conflict and Security Law: Essays in Memory of Hilaire McCoubrey.