ECR2P are delighted that Gareth Evans, Distinguished Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, delivered our 2020 annual lecture.
Professor Evans took stock of the extent to which R2P has both met and fallen short of the dreams of its founders since its endorsement by the 2005 World Summit. Professor Evans suggested that as an effective reactive counter-force to atrocity crimes already under way, R2P’s record has been disappointing. But as an institutional catalyst and preventive mechanism it has been generally successful, and as a normative force it has been, and remains, very influential. The full lecture transcript is available here
Gareth Evans is Distinguished Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, where he was Chancellor from 2010–19. He was a member of the Australian Parliament for twenty-one years, and a Cabinet Minister for thirteen, including as Foreign Minister from 1988–96. After leaving politics, he was President of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group from 2000–09. He co-chaired the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2000–01), which initiated the ‘responsibility to protect’ concept, and is chair of the New York-based International Advisory Board of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. He has written or edited thirteen books, including The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and for All. (Brookings Institution Press, 2008).