This Handbook offers a comprehensive examination of the Responsibility to Protect norm in world politics, which aims to end mass atrocities against civilians.

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is amongst the most significant norms in global politics. As the authoritative guide to R2P, this edited volume gathers together the most respected and insightful voices to address key issues related to this emerging norm. The contributing authors do this over the course of three parts:

  • Part I: The Concept of R2P
  • Part II: Developing and Operationalising R2P
  • Part III: The view from Over Here

This book will be of much interest to students of R2P, humanitarian intervention, genocide, human rights, international law, peace studies, international organisations, security studies and IR.

chapter |3 pages


ByFrazer Egerton

part |80 pages

The Concept of R2P

chapter |15 pages

From Sovereign Responsibility to R2P

ByRoberta Cohen

chapter |14 pages

The Responsibility to Prevent

Toward a strategy
ByLawrence Woocher

chapter |14 pages

The Responsibility to React

ByFrank Chalk, Roméo Dallaire, Kyle Matthews

chapter |14 pages

The Responsibility to Rebuild 1

ByAlbrecht Schnabel

chapter |13 pages

The Challenges Facing R2P Implementation

ByRobert W. Murray

chapter |8 pages

What is Right With R2P?

ByFrazer Egerton

part |109 pages

Developing and Operationalising R2P

chapter |16 pages

Operationalising Protective Intervention

Alternative models of authorisation 1
ByNicholas J. Wheeler, Tim Dunne

chapter |12 pages

Who Should Act?

Collective responsibility and the Responsibility to Protect
ByJennifer M. Welsh

chapter |11 pages

Mobilising the Troops

Generating the political will to act
ByTom Keating

chapter |15 pages

Leadership and The Responsibility to Protect

ByAbiodun Williams, Jonas Claes

chapter |11 pages

R2p and Natural Disasters

ByJoanna Harrington

chapter |14 pages

The Responsibility to Protect and Child Soldiers

ByShelly Whitman

chapter |15 pages

Securing Consistency for Consistent Security

Gender and the Responsibility to Protect
ByJennifer Bond, Laurel Sherret

chapter |13 pages

Making R2P Work

Now and in the future
ByLloyd Axworthy, Allan Rock

part |92 pages

The View from Over Here

chapter |19 pages

Paper Tiger or Platform for Action?

South Asia and the Responsibility to Protect
BySarah Teitt

chapter |12 pages

Southeast Asia

Between Non-Interference and sovereignty as responsibility
ByAlex J. Bellamy, Catherine Drummond

chapter |19 pages

R2p in the Middle East and North Africa

ByMojtaba Mahdavi

chapter |11 pages

Concluding Thoughts

ByW. Andy Knight