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Beyond Responsibility to Protect: International Law conference 4-5 July 2013

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André NollkaemperThe McCoubrey Centre for International Law hosted a two-day conference for research students and early career scholars on the theme of 'Responsibility to Protect: Towards Responsible Use of International Law'. The keynote was given by Professor André Nollkaemper of the University of Amsterdam, and Director of the SHARES Research Project on Shared Responsibility in International Law.


Thursday 4th July 2013
8.00 - 9.00 Registration
9.00 - 9.30 Welcome
9.30 - 11.30 Panel 1: The Moral Underpinnings of the Responsibility to Protect: Between Law and Politics
Chaired by Dr Tony Ward (University of Hull)

Panel 2: The Responsibility to Protect: Owed by whom, to whom, and to what extent?
Chaired by Dr Hitoshi Nasu (Australian National University)
11.30 - 12.00 Coffee break
12.00 - 13.30 Panel 3: The Role of Institutions on the Responsibility to Protect
Chaired by Professor Nicholas Tsagourias (University of Sheffield)

Panel 4: The Responsibility to Protect at the Regional Level
Chaired by Dr Michèle Olivier (University of Hull)
13.30 - 14.30 Lunch break
14.30 - 16.00 Panel 5: The Responsibility to Protect and Questions of International Responsibility
Chaired by Dr Vassilis Tzevelekos (University of Hull)

Panel 6: Business and the Responsibility to Protect
Chaired by Professor Richard Barnes (University of Hull)
16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break
16.30 - 18.00 Keynote Speech: Professor André Nollkaemper
Friday 5th July 2013
9.00 - 11.00 Panel 7: Responsibility while Protecting and the day after
Chaired by Professor Lindsay Moir (University of Hull)

Panel 8: Responsibility to Protect and Non-State Actors
Chaired by Professor Jean d'Aspremont (University of Manchester)
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break
12.00 - 13.30 Panel 9: Forcible Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect
Chaired by Professor Nigel White (University of Nottingham)

Panel 10: The Responsibility to Protect and Transnational Crime
Chaired by Dr James Summers (Lancaster University)
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch break
14.00 - 15.30 Panel 11: The Responsibility to Protect and International Law
Chaired by David Turns (Cranfield University)

Panel 12: The Responsibility to Protect and International Criminal Law
Chaired by Dr Elena Katselli (Newcastle University)
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 - 18.00 Conclusions

Professor Jean d'Aspremont (University of Manchester) & Professor Nicholas Tsagourias (University of Sheffield)

Conference aims

  • investigate the legal foundations of R2P
  • assess the ways this concept is developing in international law
  • identify the areas or the regimes of international law where this applies
  • examine questions surrounding the concept, such as jurisdiction and state responsibility
  • explore critical challenges for the notion of R2P

The conference organising committee is comprised of Professor Richard Barnes, Dr Vassilis Tzevelekos, Nneka Okechukwu and Carmino Massarella.

We are particularly grateful to Hart Publishing, Intersentia, and Oxford University Press for sponsoring the event.

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