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In The Responsibility to Protect:  The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in Our Time, new from Oxford University Press, co-editors Jared Genser and Irwin Cotler provide a comprehensive overview on how the still-emerging "responsibility-to-protect" principle of international law has developed and analyze how best to apply it to current and future humanitarian crises. 

Genser is the founder of Freedom Now, which is supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.  Cotler is a member of the Canadian parliament.

According to the doctrine, all states have an obligation to protect their own citizens from mass atrocities, including genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing.  When a given nation fails to protect its own citizens from such atrocities, the international community may intervene -- through graduated measures up to and including the potential use of force as a last resort.

To present a full picture of where the doctrine now stands and where it could go in the future, Genser and Cotler have assembled a global team of authors with diverse backgrounds and differing viewpoints, including Edward Luck, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect.  They also include more-skeptical arguments from scholars and practitioners with long experience in addressing mass atrocities.

Framed by a preface from Desmond Tutu and Václav Havel, Freedom Now's honorary co-chairs, these in-depth and authoritative analyses move beyond theory to demonstrate how the "responsibility to protect" has worked on the ground and should work if applied to other crises.
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