Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect: A New History by Luke Glanville
In 2011, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1973, which allows its member states to take measures to protect Libyan civilians from Muammar Gaddafi's forces. When invoking "responsibility for protection",…
Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect synopsis
In 2011, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1973, which allows its member states to take measures to protect Libyan civilians from Muammar Gaddafi's forces. When invoking "responsibility for protection", the resolution is based on the principle that sovereign States are responsible and accountable to the international community for the protection of their populations and determines that the international community can act to protect populations when national authorities fail to do so.
. The notion that sovereignty has the responsibility to protect is often seen as a departure from the traditional definition, but in fact has deep historical roots.
Sovereign and responsible for protection, Luke Glanville argues that this responsibility dates back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and that since then States have been accountable to God, the people, and the international community. Over time, the right to national self-government came to be given priority over the protection of individual liberties, but the non-infringing understanding of sovereignty was established only in the twentieth century and remained for only a few decades before being challenged through its renewal.
Claims that sovereigns are responsible for protection. Glanville traces the relationship between sovereignty andresponsibility from the early modern period to the present day and offers a new history with profound implications for the present..
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