Outdated and Useless? Controversial human rights doctrine, the Responsibility to Protect Seminar

A packed lecture theatre heard AHRCentre international lawyer, Chris Michaelsen and University of Queensland foreign policy expert, Tim Dunne and political scientist, Kath Gelber battle it out on the utility and standing of the controversial human rights doctrine, the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), referring in particular to recent developments in both Libya and Syria. Despite their different approaches, the speakers concluded that the principles underlying the international doctrine had a critical role to play in protecting civilians from state harm. The seminar was co-hosted by the FASS Globalisation & Governance Research Network and the Australian Human Rights Centre.

Read the abstracts from both presentations here.