UN General Assembly Dialogues on the Responsibility to Protect and the Use of Force for Humanitarian Purposes

Ercan P. G.

Global Responsibility to Protect, vol.11, no.3, pp.313-332, 2019 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1163/1875984x-01103004
  • Journal Name: Global Responsibility to Protect
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.313-332
  • Keywords: responsibility to protect, United Nations General Assembly, humanitarian use of force, humanitarian intervention, interactive dialogue
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Bringing into focus the two formal debates on the Responsibility to Protect that took place in 2009 and 2018, this article identifies the approaches of member states towards the humanitarian use of force by locating it in the UN's deliberations on R2P. To this end, the article compares and contrasts country statements in order to trace states' general approach towards humanitarian intervention on the basis of their reflections on R2P. Following from this, the article examines whether or not states' approaches to humanitarian intervention have been transforming in the twenty-first century, and evaluates how the humanitarian use of force is perceived in relation to the R2P framework that was embraced by the member states of the UN General Assembly in 2005, and how this affects the future of R2P.