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Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the 2005 World Summit Outcome at the University of Toronto

March 9, 2015

TORONTO, ON- The Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (CCR2P) is launching its campaign commemorating the 10th year anniversary since the 2005 World Summit Outcome. Entitled “R2P at Crossroads: Ten Years since the 2005 World Summit,” this campaign seeks to critically examine the normative journey of R2P in the last decade through the lens of paragraphs 138 and 139 of the World Summit Outcome, and provide a forum for discussion on the future political implementation of R2P.


  • March 19, 2015, 7PM: Student debate on R2P with the U of T Faculty of Law students & Hart House Debating Committee: “This House believes that our world would be a better place if nation states consistently implemented R2P in international relations.” The debate will take place at the Music Room, Hart House, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle and is free of charge. To register for the event, please use the Eventbrite link:
  • March 21, 2015, 1-5PM: Conference on the relevance of R2P in today’s world featuring Hon. Irwin Cotler, Dr. Ramesh Thakur, Dr. Paul Heinbecker, Dr. Kirsty Duncan, Very Rev. Lois Wilson and Ms. Martha-Hall Findlay. There will be two keynote speeches by the Hon. Irwin Cotler and Dr. Ramesh Thakur. It will focus on R2P & Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic and North Korea. The conference will take place in the Combination Room, Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Ave and is free of charge. You can register for the event on Eventbrite:


1-1:10PM: Welcome Remarks by CCR2P (Tina Park & Victor MacDiarmid)

1:10-2:00PM: Keynote address by Hon. Irwin Cotler (followed by Q/A with audience)  

2:10-2:45PM: Lecture by Dr. Ramesh Thakur & Dr. Paul Heinbecker (TBC) 

2:45-3:15PM: Coffee Break

3:15-4:50PM: Panel Discussion on R2P & current crisis (followed by Q/A with audience)  

  • Very Rev. Lois Wilson (North Korea)
  • Erin Mooney (UNHCR, IDPS/R2P)
  • Martha Hall-Findlay (Syria)
  • Member of Parliament Kirsty Duncan (CAR & South Sudan)
  • Moderated by Kathleen Davis (Professor, International Criminal Law at Osgoode Law School)

4:50-5:00PM: Closing Remarks 

  • March 10-April 7, 2015, 6PM: The Second annual CCR2P film festival will feature three films on different significant R2P-related crises in both 20th and 21st The festival will begin with a recent Frontline Documentary, “Secret State of North Korea” directed by James Jones. The following film is the award-winning Syrian documentary “Silvered-Water, Syria Self-Portrait” by Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan. The festival will close with “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” Angelina Jolie’s first movie as a director. The festival is to advocate the CCR2P’s campaign through the protection lens. The event is co-presented with CINSSU.

The schedule for the Film Festival is as follows:

  • March 10: Secret State of North Korea
    • Featured R2P Crisis: North Korea Defectors
  • March 31: Silvered-Water, Syria Self-Portrait
    • Featured R2P Crisis: Syrian Civil War 2011
  • April 7: In the Land of Blood and Honey
    • Featured R2P Crisis: Srebrenica Massacre 1995

All screenings will be held at 6PM at the Media Commons Theatre of the Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street, Toronto ON. All three events are free of admission. To register for the event, please use the Eventbrite link:

  • April 2015: the CCR2P will be collaborating with the Canadian International Council’s for a publication series featuring prominent thinkers & policymakers from around the world to reflect upon “R2P at crossroads.” Particular attention will be paid to the crises in Syria, Iraq and the Central African Republic, featuring personal narratives, critical suggestions on the normative development of R2P and provocative ideas for future implementation of R2P.
  • May 1, 2015: Youth & education outreach to high schools in the Greater Toronto Area. Entitled “Building Future R2P Leaders,” the event will bring together high school students from across the Greater Toronto Area for a day of R2P engagement. Through educational seminars, leadership panels, and interactive activities, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the development of R2P, and reflect on ways to promote its implementation. The outreach program will consist of the following sessions:
  • R2P Then and Now: A History of the Responsibility to Protect
  • R2P in Action: Student Leadership Panel
  • The Future of R2P: Citizen, Community and the Global Sphere

This event is free of charge and it will take place at the University of Toronto.


The Responsibility to Protect, also referred to as R2P, is an international principle coined in 2001 under the leadership of the Canadian government and later adopted at the 2005 World Summit by 150 heads of government. R2P states that when sovereign states are unable or unwilling to fulfill their responsibility to protect their own populations from mass atrocities such as genocide, ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity and war crimes, the international community has the responsibility to do so. R2P is an emerging norm in international relations and has received much attention lately in light of the UN Security Council’s resolutions on Libya and the ongoing conflict in Syria.



The Canadian Centre for R2P, based at Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, is a leading Canadian, non-partisan and non-profit research organization which aims to promote scholarly engagement and political implementation of the R2P principle. (

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Tina Park
Co-Founder, Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect | 1-416-828-2361|