This book conceptualizes Responsibility to Protect doctrine (R2P) as part of a global cosmopolitan agenda, drawing on the work of Jürgen Habermas, and argues that R2P is reflective of a shift towards a more cosmopolitan approach to human protection. The author also proposes a framework of analysis that includes a strong legal dimension in order to advance reforms to the international legal, political and military structures in order to better prevent humanitarian crises and protect civilians in times of conflict. The volume explores the cosmopolitan, moral and legal progress that has occurredand could yet occurunder R2P as the approach to human protection transitions in the Post-Cold War era.
About the Author
Samuel James Wyatt is a civil servant in the UK. His research interests include cosmopolitan theory and practice, international law, warfare (in particular the conflicts in Libya and Syria), human rights, humanitarian intervention, global constitutionalism, globalisation and global justice.
Table of Contents
1. Chapter 1/Introduction: The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and a Cosmopolitan Approach to Human Protection
2. Chapter 2: The Global Ethics of a Cosmopolitan Approach to Human Protection
3. Chapter 3: Kant, Habermas and the Constitutionalisation of International Law
4. Chapter 4: The Responsibility to Protect and Cosmopolitan Human Protection
5. Chapter 5: The Responsibility to Protect and Cosmopolitan Global Justice
6. Chapter 6: The Responsibility to Protect and Habermas’ Theory of Constitutionalisation with a ‘Cosmopolitan Purpose’
7. Chapter 7: The Responsibility to Protect, Imperialism and Military Intervention in Libya
8. Chapter 8: Towards an ‘Even More’ Cosmopolitan Approach to Human Protection: Proposals on Extending the Cosmopolitan Trend
9. Chapter 9/Conclusion: The Responsibility to Protect and the Move Towards a More Cosmopolitan Approach to Human Protection
What People are Saying About This
“In this much needed appraisal of R2P, Sam Wyatt locates this contested norm in an unlikely but perhaps obvious location: the global constitutional theories of Jürgen Habermas. In so doing, he provides a fresh perspective on a concept that scholars and practitioners continue to recycle without much thought. If only we had more analyses of R2P such as Wyatt’s, the idea might still have a role to play in how we understand and advocate for a more just world order.” (Anthony F. Lang Jr., Professor and Chair in International Relations Theory, University of St Andrews, UK)
“Wyatt provides a compelling engagement with the ethical tenets underpinning the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). To do this, he critically analyses the relationship between the R2P and cosmopolitanism through a focus on legal and moral developments in the post-Cold War era. At a time when the R2P appears to be in crisis, the book offers an optimistic outlook. It argues that the R2P provides a platform for grounding cosmopolitan ethical norms whilst stressing tentative progress has been made in advancing a constitutional cosmopolitan approach. In a world seemingly suffering from ‘crisis fatigue’ the book provides a much needed re-engagement with cosmopolitan ethics.” (Adrian Gallagher, Associate Professor in International Relations, University of Leeds, UK)