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Dr Adrian Gallagher interviews Yasmine Nahlawi of the Syrian Legal Development Programme

28 August 2014 |

Dr Gallagher interviews Yasmine Nahlawi ahead of the tenth anniversary of the World Summit Outcome which endorsed the R2P agreement.

Dr Gallagher's article 'Laying the Law for a future Syria' introduces the three fold-responsibilty of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) agreement.

1. ‘Each individual State has the responsibility to protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity’.

2. Second, ‘the international community should as appropriate, encourage and help states to exercise this responsibility’.

3. Third, if the state in question is deemed to be ‘manifestly failing’ to protect its population from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing then the international community, ‘through the United Nations’ has a responsibility to use coercive and non-coercive measures in a ‘timely and decisive manner’ under Chapters VI, VII, and VIII of the UN Charter on a ‘case-by-case’ basis.

In light of this event, Gallagher has taken the opportunity to interview Yasmine Nahlawi, the External Affairs Director of the Syrian Legal Development Programme.

Read the full transript of the interview online.

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