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ASEAN and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’: A Study of an Ambivalent Relationship

Neth, T. (2021). ASEAN and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’: A Study of an Ambivalent Relationship. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)


Traditionally the international community has been unable to provide effective responses to mass atrocity crises occurring all over the world. The ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P) has emerged in the last decade or so as a principle that could guide States’ efforts to prevent and respond to humanitarian crises. However, R2P today is still perceived differently in different parts of the world and it remains to be established whether it can successfully achieve its goals.This thesis seeks to examine the way in which R2P has been approached and understood within
the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In particular, it will explore ASEAN and ASEAN States’ conceptual and practical engagement with R2P, paying special attention to the 1999 East Timor crisis and the present Rohingya crisis. The thesis will consider whether
the emergence of R2P has had any impact on the action of ASEAN and ASEAN States. At a broader level, the thesis also engages with the question of regional approaches to international law by providing some insights into the Southeast Asian approach to this particular area of international law. The thesis covers, and has dealt with, events that have happened up until the 3rd of May 2021. As English is not my first language, the thesis has been proofread by a third party who has made no contribution to the intellectual content of the thesis.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: J Political Science > JX International law
Departments: Doctoral Theses
The City Law School > The City Law School Doctoral Theses
The City Law School
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