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WiSe 14/15: Model United Nations (MUN) Conference: "Special Session of the UN-Security Council - The Responsibility to Protect and the Situation in Syria"

Peggy Wittke

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Schlüsselqualifikation, FFK und Wahlveranstaltung im SB 7, USP 1


Course description

The situation in Libya stirred up the ongoing debate on the so called concept of Responsibility to Protect. The concept was introduced in 2001 by the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty and since then has found its way into major documents like the Report by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan "In Larger Freedom" and the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document. According to the latter, each State has the "responsibility to protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity". Where States are unable or unwilling to assume this responsibility, it shifts to the international community to take collective actions through the UN Security Council to ensure the protection of the population. In the case of Libya, on 17 March 2011 the Security Council established a no-fly zone with Resolution 1973. Five Security Council Members abstained, among them China, the Russian Federation and Germany. The recent debate over the situation in Syria shows that around the concept of the Responsibility to Protect many questions arise: In which cases does it apply? Which are the appropriate measures to be taken? Under which circumstances is a military intervention authorized by the Security Council legitimate?
The MUN-Conference is a new cooperation between FU Berlin and Istanbul University and will be held on 11 - 13 November 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey, on the occasion of the 4TH INTERNATIONAL CRIME&PUNISHMENT FILM FESTIVAL.

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Application is required! Please read further information on application procedure here: http://www.fu-berlin.de/sites/mun/news/2014_08_11.html close

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