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Yale Forum on International Law (YFIL) - Graduate Talking Series Mehrdad Payandeh, LL.M. Candidate (Germany)

Yale Forum on International Law (YFIL) - Graduate Talking Series

Mehrdad Payandeh, LL.M. Candidate (Germany)

“With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility? The Concept of the
Responsibility to Protect Within the Process of International Law-Making”

How to prevent and react to atrocious human rights violations? This question
lies at the heart of the responsibility to protect, a concept that entered the
international discourse in 2001 and has since then dominated the discussion
among states, international organizations and NGOs. The concept emphasizes that
sovereignty does not only encompass rights but also the responsibility of the
state to protect its citizens from human rights violations. But what is the
legal status of this concept? Is it a norm of international law? A principle?
Customary international law in the making? Or is it mere political rhetoric
without any legal meaning? The contribution tries to approach this question in
light of the dynamic process of international law-making and to analyze whether
and how the acknowledgment of the responsibility to protect has changed the
legal framework for the use of force and collective security.

Monday, February 22, 2010
1:00-2:00 pm (lunch will be provided)
Room 110