14 November 2018

The EU and the Responsibility to Protect in an Illiberal Era

Beginning 18:30  Ending 20:00

The 2005 United Nations agreement on the ‘responsibility to protect’ (R2P) populations from atrocities was intended to set acceptable boundaries to ‘humanitarian intervention’, but it is still extremely controversial and vulnerable in a world of increasing nationalism and illiberalism.

This event seeks to address the question posed in Professor Karen Smith’s recent working paper for the Dahrendorf Forum: Can the EU ‘rescue’ R2P? If so, how? Experts on mass atrocities and the Responsibility to Protect from the fields of academia, think tanks, and government will assess the status of R2P and what Europe should do to ensure its effectiveness.

Speakers include:

Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor in Contemporary Greek Studies, Professor in European Politics, and Co-Chair of the Dahrendorf Forum working group on governance, institutions, and policy.

Karen Smith, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Director of the European Foreign Policy Unit in the International Relations Department

Adrian Gallagher, Research Director of the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Leeds.

Roberta Dirosa, Policy Officer, PRISM division, European External Action Service (EEAS)

This event will be held under the Chatham House rule. Attendance is by invitation only.