Preventing mass atrocity crimes : the responsibility to protect and the Syria crisis
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Case Western Reserve journal of international law, Vol. 45, no. 1, 2012, p. 473-503
Paul R. Williams, J. Trevor Ulbrick and Jonathan Worboys
The article offers information on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine, a United Nations initiative which aims to prevent mass atrocity crimes, crimes against humanity, and war crimes occurring within a sovereign state. It states that third "pillars" of R2P, a set of rules within the doctrine, should allow the use of low-intensity military options when peaceful measures do not work. It further reflects on the background of R2P and rights of humanitarian intervention.