Past Events

A Conversation on the role of International Criminal and Humanitarian Law in today’s world with ICC Judge Howard Morrison

Tuesday 21 March, 16:30-18:00

Location: University of Leeds, Michael Sadler Building, SR (LG.19) – this room is wheelchair accessible – see here for details and directions


The Cost of Doing Nothing

Thursday 16th March 2017, 16:00-17:30


Location: University of LeedsChemistry Building Lecture Theatre D. (G.35) – this room is wheelchair accessible – see here for details and directions

Before her tragic death, Jo Cox MP was working on a report “The Cost of Doing Nothing” in which she warns against the “rise of ‘unthinking pacifism’” and “anti-interventionism” .

Join the R2P Student Coalition as Dr. Adrian Gallagher presents on “The Cost of Doing Nothing” report followed by a Q&A.

ECR2P@Leeds POLIS Launch: Guest Lecture by Professor Alex Bellamy “Implementing R2P: Progress, Challenges and the Next 10 Years”

Thursday December 8th 2016

Photo courtesy of Dr Jess Gifkins.

When it comes to R2P, most of the normative struggle is now behind us while most of the operational challenges are still before us. Recognizing that a gap has emerged between the world’s normative commitment to R2P and its ability to make this principle a living reality, this talk called for a more comprehensive approach to the practice of R2P. This must include the full range of actors that play a role in inhibiting atrocity crimes and protecting vulnerable populations, including the new European Centre for R2P at the University of Leeds.

Professor Bellamy’s talk combined analysis of the normative effort to win support for the R2P principle with an examination of international responses to major crises since 2009, such as those in the Middle East (Libya, Syria, Yemen) and sub-Saharan Africa (DRC, South Sudan, Mali, CAR), as well as some critical cases before that time (notably Kenya and Sri Lanka). It suggested that whilst tangible progress has been made, significant challenges remain ahead that will require a redoubling of effort.

Listen to the lecture here, or download the recording (MP3, 23MB)

Putting the Responsibility to Protect at the Centre of Europe

Thursday 13th and Friday 14th October, 2016

This conference addressed the state of R2P at the global level and reflected on European perspectives.

Topics covered included ethics, gender, humanity, refugees and international law.

The Conference was held in University House on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th October, 2016.

Details of the conference programme, speakers, organisers as well as audio and video recordings of the presentations can currently be accessed on the conference website here.