Topic: R2P + PoC (+ IHRL) = R2PC: the UN Security Council and the hybridization of international protection norms

Presenter: Dr Hugh Breakey - Research Fellow, Griffith University

A subtle but intriguing event occurred in the most recent Security Council Open Debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict (POC). Ten of the fifteen Council members spontaneously invoked the claim that it is the primary responsibility of the State to protect its civilians - or R2PC. This follows increasing use of the R2PC phrase in Council Resolutions, and increasing substance being attached to its invocation. I argue that Council members have something specific in mind when they speak of R2PC, and that it is an inventive amalgamation of several different international protection norms, including International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, and the Responsibility to Protect. 

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Contact: Beth Williams, ph: 334 69350, email:

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