International Policymaking: The Case of the Norm of the Responsibility to Protect

Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies Working Paper, No. 09-6

11 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2009

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Date Written: July 29, 2009

Abstract

The norm of the Responsibility to Protect has received increasing international attention in the last few years. In summary Responsibility to Protect refers to a concept that arose in the late 1990s in Canada which emphasizes the responsibility that governments and the international community have to protect their population (Bellamy, 2009). Thus, it is a concept that attempts to redefine sovereignty from its traditional basis on rights to one based on duties and responsibilities (Brunnee & Toope, 2006). The importance of the Responsibility to Protect as a concept is that it is an attempt to shape global governance at the highest level. Therefore, it is an example of policymaking at the global level and serves as a good case study of how a concept arises, can be transformed into a norm, and ultimately is institutionalized in international law. There is a final step which involves the operationalization of the norm and this is the stage in which R2D can be found at the moment. This paper is divided into two main sections. The first section provides a brief history of the development of the concept and its transformation into a norm. A second section provides an analysis of R2D in terms of the main participants in policymaking, some of the outputs of the policy, and finally a discussion on the outcome.

Keywords: Responsibility to Protect, United Nations, Nation Building, International Policymaking

Suggested Citation

von Feigenblatt, Otto Federico, International Policymaking: The Case of the Norm of the Responsibility to Protect (July 29, 2009). Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies Working Paper, No. 09-6. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1442508

Otto Federico Von Feigenblatt (Contact Author)

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