Understanding The Responsibility To Protect

The international system of sovereign states has traditionally been based on the principle of non-intervention. Accordingly, international law has largely recognized the inviolability of states’ borders. However, political philosophers have long acknowledged that external intervention may be justified on humanitarian grounds.

In his entry recently published in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Security Studies, Dr Eugenio Lilli provides an analysis of The Responsibility to Protect (R2P); a contested concept that tries to solve the tensions existing between the more established principles of state sovereignty and of humanitarian intervention.

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