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International Humanitarian Law and R2P: Online conference

November 11, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 3:15 pm


As we reflect on the horrors of war this November 11, we examine the impact of IHL and R2P, two instruments designed to protect civilians from war crimes and other atrocities such as genocide and crimes against humanity.

In December 2001, the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty released its ground-breaking report “The Responsibility to Protect” or R2P as it is now commonly known. A response to the mass atrocity crimes of the 1990s, the Commission’s central principles were that state sovereignty was something states earned by respecting the human rights of their citizens, and that in situations in which a “population is suffering serious harm, as a result of internal war, insurgency, repression or state failure, and the state in question is unwilling or unable to halt or avert it, the principle of non-intervention yields to the international responsibility to protect,” which could include the use of military force. Twenty years later, the norm of R2P remains contested. Some advocates contend that it offers a contemporary conception of sovereignty for a globalized world that is intended to strengthen the protection of civilians. Critics counter that it is a flawed doctrine susceptible to political manipulation and that it erodes international law by prioritizing political will.

“International Humanitarian Law and R2P” is the 5th annual IHL conference jointly hosted by the Canadian Red Cross, Conrad Grebel University College, Wilfrid Laurier University, Project Ploughshares, and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Join us as we discuss the complex relationship – both in theory and practice – between IHL and R2P.

Note: Note: This event will take place in English with simultaneous French translation and closed captioning in both languages.

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Project Ploughshares
Canadian Red Cross
Balsillie School of International Affairs
Conrad Grebel University College
Wilfrid Laurier University


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And they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war anymore. – Isaiah 2:4

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