Call for Papers - 1st Annual Conference of BISA Working Group on Intervention and R2P

We are delighted to announce the Inaugural Annual Conference of the BISA Working Group on Intervention and R2P. This will be held the University of Leeds on 21 September 2018 in conjunction with the European Centre on the Responsibility to Protect. 

There are some bursaries available to facilitate participation for PhD students.

BISA Working Group on Intervention and R2P


European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

University of Leeds

Friday 21 September 2018

Call for papers:

We will be holding our first annual one-day workshop and would welcome papers on intervention and the R2P.

Please send abstracts of 250 words and a 100-word bio to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 July 2018.

Theme: This year the general theme will be ‘alternatives to military intervention under R2P’. The choice of topic is because much of the R2P literature to date has focused on the military (and often contentious) aspects of R2P. At this event, we will have papers that will explore the case for non-military ways of addressing mass atrocities, under the second and third pillars of R2P. This will include both the ‘reactive’ measures of R2P, as well as some of the ‘preventive’ ones, specifically those concerned with ‘direct’ or ‘imminent’ prevention. There is potential to create a special issue as an output from the workshop.

We will also have some general sessions, for those members who are working on other topics related to intervention and R2P.

Possible topics include:

• UN sanctions

• Peace vs justice

• The UN’s relationship with the International Criminal Court

• Regional organisations and R2P

• UN Security Council practices in responding to mass atrocity crimes

• Legitimacy and the implementation of R2P

• Unarmed civilian peacekeeping

• Any other topics connected to R2P and intervention


Attendance and participation is not limited to members of BISA or the working group.

Lunch will be provided on the day.

The winners of the annual book and ECR article awards will also be announced.

We are also delighted to announce that the IR2P Working Group will now award two annual prizes for excellent research on intervention and R2P. There is a prize for the best book (monograph or edited collection) and a prize for the best article by an ECR (current PhD student or within two years of PhD submission). Self-nominations are welcome. For the full details and regulations see:


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