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The Responsibility to Protect at 10: The Challenge of Protecting the World's Most Vulnerable Populations


March 8-9, 2015 - Brandeis University

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10-10:20 am

Greetings and Welcome

Daniel Terris (Brandeis University) and Mordechai Tamarkin (Tel Aviv University)

10:20-11:00 am

Introduction to the Approach of the Conference

Galia Golan (Hebrew University) and Daniel Terris (Brandeis University)

11:00 am -12:30 pm

I. R2P: Ethical Considerations

  • “Responsibility to Protect: Rationale and Challenges”: Mordechai Kremnitzer (Israel Democracy Institute)
  • "Responsibility to Protect: Morality, Politics, Law": Andreas Teuber (Brandeis University)
  • “Responsibility to Protect: Unanswered Questions”: Rosa Brooks (Georgetown University)
  • Moderator: Daniel Terris

12:30-1:30 pm


1:30-3:00 pm

II. New Actors and Vulnerable Populations

  • “Amplifying Voices, Assessing Compliance, Promoting Protection: Strengthening the Contribution of UN Human Rights Mechanisms to Atrocity Prevention and Response”: Christen Broecker (Jacob Blaustein Institute)
  • “Responsibility to Protect Trumps Business as Usual: How Corporate Leaders Build Heroism to Face Atrocities”: Alain Lempereur (Brandeis University)
  • “Gender and R2P, Drawing the Red Line”: Timea Spitka (Hebrew University)
  • Moderator: Chandler Rosenberger (Brandeis University)

3:15-4:45 pm

III. The International Arena

  • “Liberalism, Westphalia or Power Politics: The Opportunities for and the Constraints on Humanitarian Intervention in the International System”: Benny Miller (Haifa University)
  • “Leviathan vs. Behemoth: The Troubled Legitimacy of State Sovereignty”: Uriel Abulof (Tel Aviv University)
  • “R2P, the United Nations, and Public Opinion”: Gillian Sorensen (former UN Assistant Secretary-General)
  • Moderator: Steven Burg (Brandeis University)

5:00-6:30 pm

IV. R2P in the Real World 1

  • “Kosovo and the Birth of R2P”: Richard Goldstone (University of Virginia Law School)
  • “North Korea: Applying R2P in a Climate of Denial and Hostility”: Jared Genser (Perseus Strategies)
  • “R2P and the International Community's Response to the Crisis in Syria”: Adrienne Fricke (Physicians for Human Rights)
  • Moderator: Mordechai Tamarkin (Tel Aviv University)


9:00-10:30 am

V. Implementation of R2P: Practical Challenges

  • “R2P and the UN (In)Decision Making Process”: Chen Kertcher (Haifa University)
  • “Early Warning: A New Tool for Protection”: Benjamin Valentino (Dartmouth College)
  • “A Critical Perspective on Humanitarian Intervention”: Rajan Menon (CUNY)
  • Moderator: Alain Lempereur (Brandeis University)

10:45 am -12:15 pm

VI. R2P in the Real World 2

  • "R2P and The Central African Republic": Naomi Kikoler (Center for the Prevention of Genocide)
  • “America in Iraq: The price of opening Pandora's Box”: Ofra Bengio (Tel Aviv University)
  • "R2P and Survivors of Sexual Violence: The Case of the Democratic Republic of the Congo": Karen Naimer (Physicians for Human Rights)
  • Moderator: Ephraim Lavie (Tel Aviv University)

12:15-1:15 pm


1:15-2:45 pm

VII. Justice and Accountability Roundtable 

  • Hans Corell (former UN Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs)
  • Richard Goldstone (University of Virginia Law School)
  • Mordechai Kremnitzer (Israel Democracy Institute)
  • John Shattuck (Central European University)
  • Moderator: Leigh Swigart (Brandeis University)

3:00-4:30 pm

VIII. The Future of R2P and Global Governance – A Plenary Conversation

  • Moderators: Galia Golan and Dan Terris

4:30 pm

Closing Reception

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