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    The concept of the responsibility to protect (R2P) has been criticized by some scholars on the grounds that it is incompatible with the principle of sovereignty. This chapter examines sovereignty and its relationship to R2P. It contrasts static and ahistorical descriptions of sovereignty with interpretations that more usefully emphasize sovereignty’s historically contingent and contested nature and it shows how sovereignty has been constructed at various times in its history to entail not only rights but responsibilities, including responsibilities for the protection of the population. It then considers the implications of this historically informed account of sovereignty for the understanding and practice of R2P today
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of The Responsibility to Protect
    Editors Alex J. Bellamy and Tim Dunne
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Print)9780198753841
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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