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Upcoming Events




The Canadian Centre for R2P is delighted to announce our new campaign called “R2P at Crossroads: Ten Years since the 2005 World Summit.” This campaign seeks to critically examine the normative journey of R2P in the last decade since its articulation in paragraphs 138 and 139 of the World Summit Outcome, with an eye towards future political implementation. From January to April 2015, the CCR2P will be engaging in an extensive campaign across Canada to foster dialogue and debate on the relevance and applicability of the R2P principle in our troubled world today. We hope you can join us and share your ideas on this important turning point for R2P!

Please click here for our campaign brochure. University of Toronto's Media Advisory can be found here


 March 21st @1-5pm, COMBINATION ROOM @ Trinity College (6 Hoskin Ave, Toronto, ON)

  • March 21, 2015, 1-5PM: Conference on the relevance of R2P in today’s world featuring Hon. Irwin Cotler, Dr. Ramesh Thakur, Dr. Paul Heinbecker, Dr. Kirsty Duncan, Very Rev. Lois Wilson and Ms. Martha-Hall Findlay. There will be two keynote speeches by the Hon. Irwin Cotler and Dr. Ramesh Thakur. It will focus on R2P & Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic and North Korea. The conference will take place in the Combination Room, Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Ave and is free of charge. You can register for the event on Eventbrite:


1-1:10PM: Welcome Remarks by CCR2P (Tina Park & Victor MacDiarmid)

1:10-2:00PM: Keynote address by Hon. Irwin Cotler (followed by Q/A with audience)  

2:10-2:45PM: Special Lecture by Dr. Ramesh Thakur & Dr. Paul Heinbecker (TBC) 

2:45-3:15PM: Coffee Break

3:15-4:50PM: Panel Discussion on R2P & current crisis (followed by Q/A with audience)  

  • Very Rev. Lois Wilson (North Korea)
  • Erin Mooney (UNHCR, IDPS/R2P)
  • Martha Hall-Findlay (Syria)
  • Member of Parliament Kirsty Duncan (CAR & South Sudan)
  • Moderated by Kathleen Davis (Professor, International Criminal Law at Osgoode Law School)

Please register for the event here

 2) Student debate on R2P (Music Room, Hart House, University of Toronto on March 19, 2015 @7pm)

with Faculty of Law students & Hart House Debating Committee

"This House believes that our world would be a better place if nation states consistently implemented R2P in international relations."  

Please register for the event here


 3) R2P Film Festival

The second annual CCR2P Film Festival will feature three films on different significant R2P-related crises in both 20th and 21st century. Beginning with a recent Frontline Documentary, “Secret State of North Korea” directed by James Jones, then an award-winning Syrian documentary film “Silvered-Water, Syria Self-Portrait” by Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan, and closing with "In the Land of Blood and Honey”, Angelina Jolie’s first movie as a director, the series focuses on the theme "Real-Time with R2P” in order to advocate CCR2P’s campaign through the protection lens. 

All three events are free of admission. Screening will take place at Media Common Room, Robarts Library. The film festival is co-presented by CINSSU. Details of each screening please refer to the following:

    Date and Time: Tuesday, March 10th at 6PM  

    Film: Secret State of North Korea

    Featured R2P Crisis: North Korea Defectors


    Date and Time: Tuesday, March 31st at 6PM

    Film: Silvered-Water, Syria Self-Potrait

    Featured R2P Crisis: Syrian Civil War 2011


    Date and Time: Tuesday, April 7th at 6PM

    Film: In the Land of Blood and Honey

    Featured R2P Crisis: Srebrenica Massacre 1995

Don't forget to register for the events here


4) Publication Series with the Canadian International Council's 

Over the course of April 2015, the CCR2P will be collaborating with the Canadian International Council’s for a publication series featuring prominent thinkers & policymakers from around the world to reflect upon the meaning of R2P at crossroads. Particular attention will be paid to the crises in Syria, Iraq and the Central African Republic, featuring personal narratives, critical suggestions on the normative development of R2P and provocative ideas for future implementation of R2P.


5)  CCR2P Youth & Education Outreach: Building Future R2P Leaders

Date: Friday, May 1, 2015

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2015

Venue: Munk School of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON) 

On May 1st, high school students from across the GTA will come together for a day of R2P engagement.  Through educational seminars, leadership panels, and interactive activities, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the development of R2P, and reflect on ways to promote its implementation.  Our full day workshop will consist of the following sessions:

·       R2P Then and Now: A History of the Responsibility to Protect

·       R2P in Action: Student Leadership Panel

·       The Future of R2P: Citizen, Community, and the Global Sphere


If your school is interested in participating, please contact:

Alexandria Matic ( or Delila Bikic (