The Responsibility While Protecting: Emerging Powers and the Future of R2P


Students: FREE
Non-Students: $20.00*

A decade since its birth, the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle has made remarkable progress as an emerging international norm. However, it remains hotly contested, and even rejected, in the eyes of some UN member states. If the ongoing Security Council deadlock on Syria makes one thing clear, it is that the consensus on R2P has suffered since the 2011 Libyan intervention. Academics, government actors and international institutions have yet to develop mechanisms through which the R2P principle can effectively respond to looming catastrophes.

One attempt to improve the track record of the principle, and thereby expand its global consensus, has emerged in Brazil’s RwP proposal. RwP proposes a set of criteria for military intervention, a monitoring-and-review mechanism to assess the implementation of Security Council mandates and an emphasis on capacity building to avert crises before they happen. It holds that poorly executed military interventions can in fact aggravate, not alleviate, existing conflicts. RwP thus seeks to complement R2P by helping to break the logjam caused by Syria.

How should governments, scholars, civil society and students understand the implications of this proposal? This conference will address: 1) the meaning of RwP for the emerging R2P norm and, 2) the unique role BRICS can play in mobilizing international intervention. The Responsibility While Protecting: Emerging Powers and the Future of R2P will gather international experts to discuss this unique addition to the R2P debate for the first time in Canada.

Event Location:

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Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON

Event Plan and Logistics


9:30 – 10:00 AM     Registration

MC: Patrick Quinton-Brown, Co-Chairperson of the CCR2P

10:00 – 10:15 AM    Welcome remarks by Tina Park, Executive Director of the CCR2P

10:15 – 10:30 AM   Opening Remarks: Janice Stein, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs

10:30 – 11:00 AM   Keynote Address: Ambassador Afonso José Sena Cardoso, Consul General of Brazil in Toronto

11:00 – 12:30 PM   Panel One: Assessing Brazilian Leadership and RwP

Moderator: Victor MacDiarmid, Executive Director of the CCR2P


•    Naomi Kikoler, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

•    John Duncan, Director of the Ethics, Law and Society Program at Trinity College,University of Toronto

•    Gilberto Rodrigues, La Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES)

12:30  - 1:15 PM      Lunch

1:15 – 2:45 PM        Panel Two – BRICS and the R2P

Moderator: Taylor Lew, Communications Director of the CCR2P


•    Malte Brosig, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)

•    Evan Cinq-Mars, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

•    Victor Falkenheim, Department of East Asian Studies (University of Toronto)

2:45-3:00 PM          Coffee Break

3:00- 4:00PM          Research Announcements & R2P Live Announcements

•    Brief overview of CCR2P in the past year & some main projects for this year: Patrick Quinton-Brown, David Byun and Taylor Lew

•    Key findings from the English research division – Brandon Bailey

•    Key findings from the French research division – Nico Erwes

•    Key findings from the Legal research division – Edward Kang

•    Launching of R2P Live – Edward Kang & Minsuk Kim

4:00 – 4:15 PM      Closing Remarks, Monika Kolodziej, Co-President, International Relations Society