CCR2P Research Presentation in Brasília

On 22 November 2012, Patrick Quinton-Brown presented his original research on R2P dissent at the Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: New Directions for International Peace and Security? conference in Brasília.

Fellow panelists included Oliver Stuenkel (Fundação Getúlio Vargas), Malte Brosig (University of the Witwatersrand) and Leonardo Paz Neves (CEBRI). A post-conference publication, including an article on R2P dissenter states by the CCR2P, will be available for download shortly.

Victor MacDiarmid and Patrick Quinton-Brown represented the CCR2P at the two-day event hosted by the Igarape Institute and CEBRI. An event description can be found below.

The conference program can be found here.

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Description of the event courtesy of the Igarape Institute.


Instituto Igarapé and CEBRI are hosting the first journey open to the general public in Brazil on the implementation of the concepts of Resposibility to Protect and Responsibility while Protecting – it will take place in Brasília, on November 21st and 22nd 2012.

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine, widely considered a powerful new normative edifice, is being re-evaluated from two perspectives. From a political perspective, it is being reconsidered in light of the paralysis of the UN Security Council (UNSC) in the wake of the Syrian crisis. From an operational perspective, the practice of R2P (particularly the use of force) is the subject of heated debate, inside and outside the corridors of the UNSC.

Brazil is seeking to contribute to this debate. In response to the perceived disproportionality of UNSC Resolution 1973 and to the supposedly excessive use of force applied by NATO in Libya, Brazil presented a conceptual note in November 2011 that set out the so-called “Responsibility while Protecting” (RwP). The term had previously been invoked in September of that year by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at the opening session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). It has generated considerable discussion in a short period of time.

At the most general level, RwP consists of an organized proposal of principles, rules and parameters to “better” regulate the use of force to protect populations against crimes covered by the R2P: war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing and genocide. Since its introduction a number of vigorous debates have taken place in New York and elsewhere on the Brazilian initiative. The debate now comes home to Brasilia for the first time.

Date and location
The event will be held at the Hotel Mercure Eixo Monumental, in Brasília, on 21-22 November 2012. On Nov. 21st, the event is by invitation only. On Nov. 22nd, it is open to all.

Administrative issues
1. The event, in its entirety, will be subject to the Chatham House rule.
2. The event will be in English, with no simultaneous translations. Key documents, such as the agenda, concept note and post-event report, will be launched in both
Portuguese and English.
3. In order to register please click here.