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ESF-LiU Conference

 ‘The Responsibility to Protect: from Principle to Practice’


The European Science Foundation and Linkoping University have organised a conference on the controversial Responsibility to Protect concept. The conference will take place in Linkoping, Sweden, from the 8th – 12th June 2010.

The conference will examine the conceptual challenges which R2P poses and how policy concerns impact upon R2P’s translation from theory to practice. Accordingly, the conference will consider the international legal basis of the concept and survey the pertinent issue of R2P as value added.
The conference will feature papers delivered by persons regarded as the world’s leading experts on R2P. The following list is a mere sample of the highly respected speakers:

  •  Mr Francis Deng, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities. Mr Deng is considered to be a chief proponent of R2P’s conceptual premise, ‘sovereignty as responsibility’.


  • Mr Edward Luck, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect. Mr Luck is a leading authority on R2P having produced several interesting articles concerning the internal workings and external significance of the concept.


  • Mr Ramesh Thakur, Balsillie School of International Affairs. Mr Thakur is considered as a “father” of R2P having co-chaired the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. He has also produced copious stimulating papers on the concept.


  • The eminent Prof. Andre Nollkaemper, Amsterdam Centre of International Law, Amsterdam University, will chair the conference.

The Conference promises to give unrivalled insight into the workings of R2P and an outlet in which the concept’s outstanding ambiguities can be freshly considered and debated.
Interested persons should apply to attend the conference by the 8th March 2010. Application details and full overview of the conference can be located at: 

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