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

Articles by ECR2P Co-Directors published as part of an Ethics & International Affairs Roundtable on the Responsibility to Protect in a Changing World Order: Twenty Years since Its Inception.

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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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In the latest Fresh Perspectives blog, Dr James Souter examines the conditions under which states owe asylum as a form...


In the latest Fresh Perspectives blog, Dr Samuel Jarvis sets up a normative conversation about R2P and the motivational power...


In the latest Fresh Perspectives blog, Dr Kate Ferguson and Fred Carver call for a devolution of the Responsibility to...


A co-authored article by ECR2P Co-Director, Professor Adrian Gallagher, ECR2P ambassador, Dr Blake Lawrinson, and Dr Charles T. Hunt (RMIT...


Our partners

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