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Title:Norm evolution within and across the African Union and the United Nations: the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) as a contested norm
Author:Zähringer, NatalieISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Volume:20
Issue:2
Pages:187-205
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Libya
Subjects:African Union
UN
responsibility to protect
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10220461.2013.811336
Abstract:This article examines the evolution of the responsibility to protect (R2P) norm through the institutional frameworks of the African Union and the United Nations. The investigation aligns itself with recent constructivist thinking around norm evolution and contestation which holds that diverging interpretations around norms facilitate not only norm contestation, but ultimately norm acceptance. In this case different 'meanings-in-use' of R2P within and across both organizations reinforce the contested nature of R2P. This becomes most apparent in the prevailing confusion around the affiliated concept of the protection of civilians, which is not effectively delineated from R2P. Nevertheless R2P is found to be widely acknowledged within both organizations. The article also discusses R2P in practice, focusing on the case of Libya. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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