Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

The Responsibility to Protect and Humanity: A Study on the idea of Human Interconnectedness

17 December 2013 | 10:30am - 5:30pm | Conference

G.33 The Liberty Building, The School of Law

White Rose Consortium on the Resonsibilty to Protect (WCR2P)

The Responsibility to Protect and Humanity: A Study on the idea of Human Interconnectedness

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is built on the assumption of a ‘common humanity’ with international responsibilities invoked accordingly. The problem is that the concept of humanity is presented as a self-evident truth and as a result fails to explain to policymakers why they should act to ‘save strangers’. To some extent at least, this may contribute to the perceived inconsistency in the UK’s response to the crimes against humanity committed in Libya and Syria. Thus, this project aims to examine the assumption of a common humanity, and the idea of human interconnectedness, to get to grips with the question of why states should act to save strangers. As 2015 marks the tenth anniversary of the R2P agreement at the UN, WRCR2P brings together scholars from International Law, Philosophy and International Relations to discuss, 1) why should we save strangers? Engaging with the idea of humanity; 2) what does the crisis in Syria tell us about the Responsibility to Protect? 3) [critical] Reflections on the Responsibility to Protect.

Guest Speaker: Professor Ken Booth 'Inventing humanity: why international relations matter'

Speakers: Adrian Gallagher, Aidan Hehir, James Pattinson, Jason Ralph, Ted Newman, Garrett W. Brown, Lars Waldorf, Russell Buchan, Derek Edyvane, Holly Lawford-Smith, Gerald Lang, Susanne Karstedt, Kerri Woods.

Attendance to this event is free, but there are a limited number of spaces available. If you wish to attend can you please e-mail Adrian Gallagher to register your interest. 

Location Details

Room G.33
The Liberty Building
School of Law
University of Leeds

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