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Meeting the challenge of reconstructing post-civil war Libya

Posted on 10 November 2011

A former politician, who helped to broker the United Nations peace plan in Cambodia in 1991, will give a lecture at the University of York next week on how the international community should respond to mass atrocities in Libya.

Professor Gareth Evans, who is now Chancellor of the Australian National University and President Emeritus of the International Crisis Group (ICG), served as Australia’s Foreign Minister for eight years to 1996.

He will give the University’s fourth annual El Hassan Bin Talal Annual Lecture on Tuesday 15 November. The free lecture is titled ‘Responding to Mass Atrocity Crimes: The Responsibility to Protect After Libya’.

An expert in the application of the UN policy of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), Professor Evans says: "Legally, morally, politically, and militarily [intervention] has only one justification: protecting the country's people."

He will explore why misunderstandings persist regarding the scope and limits of R2P even though it was unanimously adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005.

As Australian foreign minister, he was a key figure in the development of the UN peace plan for Cambodia in 1991. As President Emeritus of the International Crisis Group, he works on the prevention and resolution of multiple international conflicts and crises.

This is the fourth annual lecture in a series launched in 2008 by Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan and hosted by the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit, which is part of the University's Department of Politics.

The public lecture takes place in Room P/X001 in the Department of Physics at 6.30pm on Tuesday 15 November 2011. Admission is by free ticket only by calling 01904 322622 or from, or

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