Text and Context in the Responsibility to Protect: A Reply to Hehir

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This is a reply to Aiden Hehir’s critique of our earlier article published in this journal, in which we analysed international negotiations over the 2011 Libya crisis and argued that the humanitarian norm of protecting civilians was germane in these debates and subsequent United Nations Security Council Resolutions. In the reply we challenge some of Hehir’s allegations as to what was argued in the original article, reaffirm the argumentation framework against which we analysed the data, and summarise the evidence on which we relied.




Aidan Hehir, ‘The Dog That Didn’t Bark?: A Response to Dunne and Gelber’s Analysis of RtoP’s Influence on the Intervention in Libya’, Global Responsibility to Protect, 7, 211–224. The authors would like to thank the Editors of gr2P for extending us an opportunity to reply, and in particular to Luke Glanville for his comments. Thank you also to Lene Hansen who provided helpful comments in relation to the calibration of words and meanings, and to Adrian Gallagher for his feedback.


Alex Bellamy and Paul Williams, ‘The new politics of protection? Côte d’Ivoire, Libya and the responsibility to protect’, International Affairs 87: 825–850 (2011).


Stephen Krasner, Sovereignty: Organized Hypocrisy (Chichester: Princeton University Press, 1999).


Lene Hansen, Security as Practice: Discourse Analysis and the Bosnian War (London: Routledge, 2006), pp. 51–4.


Wayne Sandholtz, ‘Dynamics of International Norm Change: Rules against Wartime Plunder’, European Journal of International Relations 14/1: 101–131 (2008).


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