The European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

ECR2P was launched in 2016 and is dedicated to advancing the responsibility to protect principle through research, education, and policy dialogue.

Our team

Our team specialise in the responsibility to protect and have researched and published widely on the subject.

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Research and impact

Evidence from the ECR2P was recently published by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Xinjiang detention camps.

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Global Responsibility to Protect

ECR2P co-director, Dr Adrian Gallagher, is Editor-in-Chief for the journal Global Responsibility to Protect alongside Charles T. Hunt, and Cecilia Jacob. The journal seeks to publish the best and latest research on atrocity prevention and human protection, human rights, global governance, diplomacy, the ethics and law of armed conflict, and humanitarianism.

The GR2P journal’s special issue on Myanmar is out now and open access

ECR2P Annual Lectures

Since ECR2P's launch event with Professor Alex Bellamy in 2016, the Centre has held a further four annual lectures with high-profile speakers. This includes the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on R2P, Dr Karen Smith, two former UN Special Advisors on R2P, Professor Jennifer Welsh and Dr. Ivan Šimonović, and Distinguished Honorary Professor at the Australian National University and co-chair of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2000–01), Professor Gareth Evans.


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The ECR2P’s written evidence has been published as part of a broader Inquiry by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs...


ECR2P PhD researcher, Ben Willis, provided written evidence to a new report launched on 20 July 2021 by the UK...


Laura Collins (George Mason University) discusses the multidimensional nature of state and non-state violence in the CAR, and the necessity...


ECR2P Co-director, Dr Adrian Gallagher, chaired a conversation on July 8, 2021 on Europe’s responsibility to help protect populations abroad...


Our partners

The ECR2P is based on a partnership between academics at the University of Leeds and activists at Protection Approaches.