The Responsibility to Protect

- M. Doyle - Séminaire

Lecturer: Michael Doyle

The question of when or whether a nation should intervene in another country’s affairs is one of the most important concerns in today’s volatile world. Taking John Stuart Mill’s famous 1859 essay “A Few Words on Non-Intervention” as his starting point, Michael W. Doyle addresses the thorny issue of when a state’s sovereignty should be respected and when it should be overridden or disregarded by other states in the name of humanitarian protection, national self-determination, or national security.  In this time of complex social and political interplay and increasingly sophisticated and deadly weaponry, Doyle reinvigorates Mill’s principles for a new era while assessing the new United Nations doctrine of responsibility to protect.

Michael Doyle (Ph.D., Harvard, 1977) previously has taught at the University of Warwick (U.K.), Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, and Yale University. His publications include Liberal Peace ; Ways of War and Peace ; U.N. Peacekeeping in Cambodia : UNTAC's Civil Mandate ; Striking First : Preemption and Prevention in International Conflict (the Tanner Lectures, published by Princeton University Press) ; In 2011, he received the APSA Hubert H. Humphrey Award "in recognition of notablic public service by a political scientist." In 2012, he was inducted into the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

From 2001 to 2003, Professor Doyle served as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. His responsibilities in the Secretary-General's Executive Office included strategic planning (the "Millennium Development Goals"), outreach to the international corporate sector (the "Global Compact"), and relations with Washington. He is the former chair of the Academic Council of the United Nations Community. From 2006 to 2013 he served as an individual member, and the chair of the U.N. Democracy Fund.

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When?
Thursday 19 February 2015
4 to 5:30 PM

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Université de Montréal
Law Faculty
Maximilien-Caron Building
François-Chevrette Room
A3464

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