ECR2P Seminar Series: Regional Approaches to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

ECR2P invites you all to the first event in its seminar series this semester!

Dr Jochem Rietveld (University of Cambridge) will present his paper, 'Regional Approaches to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P): Lessons from Europe and West Africa' at the first event in the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect’s Seminar Series this semester.

Dr Rietveld  will talk about his recent book, Regional Approaches to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P): Lessons from Europe and West Africa (2023). Please see the presentation's abstract below:

Based on monograph published in 2023, the talk focuses on regional approaches to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in Europe and West Africa. It assesses how and to what extent the European Union (EU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have internalised the R2P norm, both generally, in institutions, policies, and programs and specifically, in crisis situations of R2P concern. It provides a historical analysis of how the two regional organisations have dealt with questions of sovereignty, security, and human rights since their founding, as well as an analysis of some of the European and West African roots of the R2P norm. This reflects the notion that global norms are often informed by local and regional practices, which needs to be recognised in order to fully understand regional responses to alleged global norms. One of the key findings is that ECOWAS and West Africa have delivered a key contribution to the R2P norm construction, a finding insufficiently recognised in the current literature.

This event is hosted on Zoom on 28 February at 14:00–15:00. Please click the link to attend!