GoJIL Vol. 3, No. 3 (2011)
Protecting in Libya on Behalf of the International Community
Here is the third issue of a series of three, under the global title "Humanitarian Action - A Scope for the Responsibility to Protect?". The first issue dealt with "Humanitarian Assistance Looking for a Legal Regime Allowing its Delivery to Those in Need under any Circumstances" and ended with the conclusion that humanitarian action protagonist had hitherto failed to find the adequate regime. The second issue questioned whether R2P was a legal tool ready to use; it ended with the conclusion that it was not yet really the case.
But soon after this second issue was published, the first armed reaction to events threatening populations occurred, being carried out under a UN mandate. This paper has been written while the 2011 events developed in the Arab world. The last semester of the year 2011 has been marked by a very strong acceleration of the process of change in the name of R2P. The publication was purposely postponed twice.
When putting an end to the paper, we cannot know which future is to be awaited. However, it is already possible to do more than storytelling and to take stock of some trends.
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