R2P: The Various Effects of Norm Contestation

The international responsibility to protect (R2P) is seen as one of the most promising normative innovations on the international level. Still, since its adoption on the UN World Summit in 2005, the R2P has been contested recurrently from diverse actors. What effects does this contestation have on the norm? Two hypotheses exist: One posits that contestation necessarily weakens a norm, the other stipulates that contestation rather strengthens norms.

Assessing the hypotheses

The international collaborative project “R2P: The various effects of norm contestation” assesses both hypotheses and tests their explanatory power. In this context, the project analyzes debates surrounding the norm at both the international and the regional level (focusing on the European Union and ASEAN).

This project is being conducted in collaboration with the University of New South Wales, Australia (Dr. Alan Bloomfield, Professor Shirley Scott).

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Norm Contestation and Norm Adaptation: R2P’s reframing over time | 2019

Hofmann, Gregor P./Suthanthiraraj, Kavitha (2019): Norm Contestation and Norm Adaptation: R2P’s reframing over time, in: Global Responsibility to Protect, 11:2, 226–253, https://brill.com/abstract/journals/gr2p/11/2/article-p226_226.xml.

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Introduction – Norm contestation and its effects: challenges to the Responsibility to Protect and the Responsibility to Prosecute | 2019

Hofmann, Gregor P./Zimmermann, Lisbeth (2019): Introduction – Norm contestation and its effects: challenges to the Responsibility to Protect and the Responsibility to Prosecute, in: Global Responsibility to Protect, 11:2, 137–148, https://brill.com/abstract/journals/gr2p/11/2/article-p137_137.xml.

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The Absence of Norm Modification and the Intensification of Norm Contestation: Africa and the Responsibility to Prosecute | 2019

Arcudi, Antonio (2019): The Absence of Norm Modification and the Intensification of Norm Contestation: Africa and the Responsibility to Prosecute, in: Global Responsibility to Protect, 11:2, 172-197, https://doi.org/10.1163/1875984X-01102004.

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Is the R2P Failing? The Controversy about Norm Justification and Norm Application of the Responsibility to Protect | 2019

Deitelhoff, Nicole (2019): Is the R2P Failing? The Controversy about Norm Justification and Norm Application of the Responsibility to Protect, in: Global Responsibility to Protect, 11:2, 149-171, https://doi.org/10.1163/1875984X-01102003.

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Partners

Dr Alan Bloomfield (University of New South Wales Australia)
Prof Shirley Scott (University of New South Wales Australia)

Donors

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
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