In 2021 the conference was hosted outside its home venue by the International Justice and Human Rights Unit, Edge Hill University, bringing together colleagues from the University of Ljubljana, the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P), and the British International Studies Association’s Working Group on Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect for a special 20-year anniversary event.
Conference Series Chair: Professor Vasilka Sancin, PhD, Head of the Department of International Law and Director of the Institute of International Law and International Relations at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana
Chairs of the 2021 Conference:
Patrick Butchard, PhD, International Justice and Human Rights Unit, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, United Kingdom
Professor Vasilka Sancin, PhD, Head of the Department of International Law and Director of the Institute of International Law and International Relations at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana
Organising Committee Members:
Adrian Gallagher, PhD,
Jonathan Gilmore, PhD,
Pınar Gözen Ercan, PhD, Associate Professor of International Relations, Co-convenor of the BISA IR2P Working Group
Alex Leveringhaus, PhD,
Cristina G. Stefan, PhD, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Leeds, UK, and Co-Director of The European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P)
Conference Series Coordinator: Maša Kovič Dine, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Department of International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana
June 1, 2021
Panel 1: THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT AND GLOBAL
Panel 2: CHINA AND THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT
Panel 3: BEYOND FAILURE AND INACTION
Panel 4: THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT IN REGIONAL
AND NATIONAL APPROACHES
Keynote: DR SIMON ADAMS, Executive Director, Global
Center for the Responsibility to Protect
June 2, 2021
Panel 5: ADDRESSING THE WARNINGS OF ATROCITY
Panel 6: PROTECTION TOOLS AND THE RESPONSIBILITY TO
Panel 7: CONCEPTUAL CHALLENGES AND THEORETICAL
BOUNDARIES OF THE RESPONSIBILITY TO
Panel 8: LESSONS FROM RESPONSES TO R2P SITUATIONS
Panel 9: INTERNATIONAL COURTS AND THE RESPONSIBILITY
Keynote: ALICE WAIRIMU NDERITU, United Nations
Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the
Prevention of Genocide
DR KAREN SMITH, United Nations Secretary-
General's Special Adviser on the Responsibility
IN MEMORY OF PROF EDWARD LUCK,
United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect between 2008 and 2012
Edward Luck was one of the driving forces behind making the Responsibility to Protect a reality. During his time as the first United Nations Secretary-General's first Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Edward was key in developing the 'three pillars' of R2P on how the international community could implement their responsibilities on preventing and responding to mass atrocity situations.
As a scholar, Edward was one of the leading voices in continuing to develop and discuss R2P in his writing and publications, as well as the role of the United Nations Security Council. Throughout his successful career, he held positions in several universities and institutes, including as Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, the Joan B Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego, the International Peace Institute, and the President and CEO of the United Nations Association of the USA. Edward also consulted and advised for numerous foreign ministries and international organisations or NGOs.
The Organising Committee would like to thank Dana Luck, Edward's wife, for giving us her blessing to tribute this conference to him, and his important legacy on the Responsibility to Protect.
As an inspiration, mentor, and friend to many in the community of R2P supporters and beyond, he will be sorely missed.