Past Events

The Question of Genocide Determination and the Response of the International Judicial System
Tuesday 20 March 2018, 12:00 – 2.00 PM
Committee Rm G House of Lords, UK Parliament
Confirmed speakers include: ECR2P Research Director, Dr Adrian Gallagher and the GCR2P’s, Dr Simon Adams among other experts.

Speakers will consider Lord (David) Alton’s Genocide Determination Bill, a private members’ bill, with the aim to ‘provide for the High Court of England and Wales to make a preliminary finding on cases of alleged genocide; and for the subsequent referral of such findings to the International Criminal Court or a special tribunal’. A comparable Bill has been introduced in the Commons by Fiona Bruce MP.
Speakers will explore the question of genocide determination and HMG’s argument that it is for the ‘international judicial system’ to determine genocide. The event is hosted by Lord Alton of Liverpool and Fiona Bruce MP, Member of Parliament for Congleton, and co-sponsored by the APPG on the Prevention of Genocide & Crimes Against Humanity.

European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect Research Seminar Series

The ECR2P’s new seminar series provides R2P researchers with the opportunity to present and receive feedback on their research from fellow R2P researchers. The seminars will take place on Mondays 3:30-4:30.

Monday 5 Feb. Board Room. Level 13 Social Sciences Building.
Chiara de Franco, ‘The practices of protection: understanding how the EU ‘does’ protection of civilians’

Monday 19 Feb. Board Room. Level 13 Social Sciences Building.
Adrian Gallagher (w/Docherty), “Investigating the role of expectations in norm dynamics: Divergent expectations over the 2011 military intervention in Libya”

Monday 19 March. (Location tbc).
Blagovesta (w/Alex Bellamy), “R2P and the Emergence of Responsibilities across Borders”.

Monday 16 April. Board Room. Level 13 Social Sciences Building.
Georgiana Epure, “The Responsibility to Prosecute: History and Politics”

Protecting Human Rights in a Changing and Insecure World

Monday 15th January 2018, 10am-4pm

Supported by the BISA Postgraduate Network

Conference Outline

This one-day conference, to be held at the University of Leeds on 15th January 2018, seeks to reflect on the challenges associated with protecting human rights in a changing and insecure international society. More specifically, the conference aims to interrogate and shed some light on the following issues:

  • The extent to which ‘backlash’ against the protection of human rights is occurring;
  • The ways in which it is occurring;
  • The reasons and influences behind this development;
  • The consequences for the protection of human rights including the operation of international institutions and regimes; and
  • What can be done to protect and enforce human rights in this environment?

The purpose of this conference is to bring together academic researchers, particularly those undertaking a doctorate or in the early stages of their research careers, with those involved in policy or the practice of human rights protection broadly conceived. The aim is to examine the current challenges to human rights protection and to identify solutions from academic, policy and practice perspectives.

The conference will provide an opportunity for doctoral students and early career researchers to engage with each another and share their work, as well as with those working in policy and practice.  One of the goals of the conference is to support interdisciplinary approaches and collaboration, so preference will be given to those taking an interdisciplinary approach to their work and to those focusing on under-researched topics and issues.

Location: SR 1.05, Charles Thackrah Building – this room is wheelchair accessible – see here for details and directions

If you would like to attend the conference but do not wish to present your research, please indicate your desire to attend to Daniel Wand ptdjhw@leeds.ac.uk

International Conference on The Responsibility to Protect, Peace & Security

Tuesday 12th December 2017, 09:00 – Wednesday, 13th December 2017, 17:30. 

This two-day international conference brought together women with expertise as senior academics, researchers, diplomats, active civil society representatives, and senior policy-makers, working in fields related to the Responsibility to Protect, Peace and Security. The conference also provided a platform for experts to discuss their research and work, and relates to the British-Academy-funded establishment of The Women Network on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), Peace and Security: Research and Impact. The event is organised by Dr Cristina Stefan, Co-Director of the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, based at the University of Leeds, and recipient of the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award, from the British Academy, for 2017-2018, which funds this event.

The topics covered include:
• The Global State of R2P, Peace and Security Research, from the Perspectives of Women Academics and Practitioners
• Researching Women, Peace and Security
• Assessing the Importance of an Atrocity Prevention Focus
• Regional Contexts of Violence and Protection, including perspectives regarding Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America
• Assessing Protection Responsibilities in the European context
• International Law, Human Rights, and the United Nations
• Insights on Bridging the Gaps: From Academics to Policy-Makers, from Research to Impact

ECR2P 2017 Annual Lecture: Dr Ivan Šimonović, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser on the R2P

Thursday 30th November 2017, 17:00-19:00

 

 

 

 

Location: Conference Auditorium 2 (GM.01) this room is wheelchair accessible – see here for details and directions

Registration: The event is free, but registration is essential. Please register here

Please note that recordings and photos will be taken at this public event.

Mass Atrocity Prevention in Practice Roundtable: Gender-Based Mass Atrocity Prevention

Monday 27 November, 2017 at 14:00-17:00

 

 

 

 

Until recently the human rights of women, have been marginalised from the mainstream human rights discourse. This is largely because women have been excluded from both the substance and the process of international human rights law. Issues concerning their rights were mainly considered to belong to the private sphere and their violation was often defended in the name of culture. The Report of UN Secretary General on R2P in 2013 notes that “gender discrimination and inequality increase the underlying risks associated with sexual and gender-based violence” and highlighted the nexus between gender and mass atrocity crimes. The UN Framework of Analysis for the Prevention of Atrocity Crimes stresses the need to dedicate specific attention to ‘acts of violence against women and children, or creation of conditions that facilitate acts of sexual violence against those groups’ and integrates gender in the early warning analysis of situations at risk. The UN Resolution 2171/2014 acknowledges that gender-based violence can be ‘an early indication of a descent into conflict or escalation of conflict’.

In the light of the increasing acknowledgement of gender-based violence as an especially prevalent feature of mass atrocity crimes, and the ongoing sexual violence in several countries including Syria, it is imperative to highlight the specific legal, political, and practical challenges posed by ’rape as a weapon of war.’ By combining practitioner and scholarly perspectives, feasible prevention options need to be discussed. The event is organised by the Budapest Centre in cooperation with its partners within The European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P) and the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary.

Location: Károli Gaspard University of the Reformed Church in Budapest, Hungary, Ráday u. 28. The event is public but registration is required. Please register here

ECR2P Film Series: Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia

Introduced by: Dr Adrian Gallagher

When: Tuesday 14 November 2017, 5-7:30pm

Where: Chemistry LT D, University of Leeds (Wheelchair accessible)

About the ECR2P Film Series: 
Every fortnight (on Tuesdays from 5 to 7:30pm), a fictional film or documentary related to human protection will be shown. It will be introduced by a POLIS staff member who will also facilitate a post-screening discussion.
Screenings are free and open to all University of Leeds students and staff.

ECR2P Film Series: Paragraph 175

Introduced by: Dr Kaisa Hinkkainen

When: Tuesday 31 October 2017, 5-7:30pm

Where: Chemistry LT D, University of Leeds (Wheelchair accessible)

About the ECR2P Film Series: 
Every fortnight (on Tuesdays from 5 to 7:30pm), a fictional film or documentary related to human protection will be shown. It will be introduced by a POLIS staff member who will also facilitate a post-screening discussion.
Screenings are free and open to all University of Leeds students and staff

ECR2P Film Series: The Act of Killing

Introduced by: Dr Adam Tyson

When: Tuesday 17 October 2017, 5-7:30pm

Where: Chemistry LT D, University of Leeds (Wheelchair accessible)

About the ECR2P Film Series: 
Every fortnight (on Tuesdays from 5 to 7:30pm), a fictional film or documentary related to human protection will be shown. It will be introduced by a POLIS staff member who will also facilitate a post-screening discussion.
Screenings are free and open to all University of Leeds students and staff.

ECR2P Film Series: When Good Men Do Nothing

Introduced by: Professor Jason Ralph

When: Tuesday 03 October 2017, 5-7:30pm

Where: Chemistry LT D, University of Leeds (Wheelchair accessible)

About the ECR2P Film Series: 
Every fortnight (on Tuesdays from 5 to 7:30pm), a fictional film or documentary related to human protection will be shown. It will be introduced by a POLIS staff member who will also facilitate a post-screening discussion.
Screenings are free and open to all University of Leeds students and staff.

V4 Report Launch & Discussion Capabilities of the Visegrad Group in Preventing Extremism

Friday 23 June 2017 at 9.30


The V4 Task Force on Mass Atrocities Prevention is an initiative of the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention, in collaboration with the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Hungary), NOHA – University of Warsaw (Poland), the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (Slovakia), expert from the Czech Republic, and supported by the International Visegrad Fund. This is the final event of the V4 Task Force Initiative to map the capabilities of the Visegrad group in preventing extremism.

The 10-month Initiative was announced last September 2016 and followed the successful experience
obtained by the Budapest Centre during the activities of the 2013 EU Task Force on Mass Atrocities
Prevention and the 2016 African Task Force on Mass Atrocities Prevention. The event organized by the BCMAP in cooperation with the Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade will provide the opportunity for participants to learn the outcomes of the Task Force’s activities and discuss the recommendations of the Task Force for the follow up of the Initiative.

Location: Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, 13-15. Bérc utca, Budapest 1016. The event is public but registration is required. Please register here

Book Launch & Roundtable Discussion: Protecting Human Rights in the 21st Century

Thursday May 4th 2017, 16:00-18:00

 

Location: University of Leeds, Michael Sadler Building, SR (LG.15) – this room is wheelchair accessible – see here for details and directions

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.