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The African Union as a Norm Entrepreneur: The Limits of Human Protection and Mass Atrocities Prevention

In: Global Responsibility to Protect
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Tim Murithi University of the Free State, tkmurithi@hotmail.com

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This article will argue that despite its role as a norm entrepreneur the African Union (au), when analysed through the un Secretary-General’s 3-Pillar framework of responsibility, has only had limited success and faced significant constraints in promoting Pan-African norms relating to sovereignty and non-interference, governance and development in order to achieve human protection and the prevention of mass atrocities. Human protection refers to protection of civilians from human rights abuses with a particular focus on mass atrocity crimes. This article will also assess the evolving au-un partnership and conclude by assessing the limits of norm building and propose strategies for enhancing human protection in Africa.

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