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.

Fresh Perspectives

Experts from the ECR2P give their take on contemporary issues of human protection

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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 Dr Charles T. Hunt, and Dr 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 the Responsibility to Protect and Counterterrorism 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 is delighted that many of its members have contributed to the International Development Committee’s ground-breaking report on UK Mass...


Dr Viktoria Spaiser, Dr Nicole Nisbett and Dr Cristina G. Stefan from POLIS have had their article – ““How dare...


On 18 November 2022, ECR2P will host the annual conference for the British International Studies Association’s Working Group on Intervention...


Professor Adrian Gallagher is attending the 10th Annual Meeting of the Global Network of R2P Focal Points in Washington D.C....


Our partners

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