The Evolution of the Principle of Non-intervention? R2P and Overt Assistance to Opposition Groups

In: Global Responsibility to Protect
Stacey Henderson University of Adelaide, Australia,

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This paper analyses the overt provision of assistance to opposition groups in the contemporary conflicts in Libya and Syria. Applying an R2P lens to this new and emerging State practice, the paper argues that R2P has served as the inspiration for a re-aligned conceptualisation of the limits of State responses to atrocity crimes, charting a way forward for the international community which is at once sensitive to State sovereignty but also responsive to humanitarian imperatives.

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