Denmark and the implementation of R2P

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This chapter provides an in-depth case study of Denmark’s engagement with R2P through its foreign policy and development. As a country with low risk of atrocity crimes in its own domestic context, R2P aligns with Denmark’s international values and interests. The chapter traces efforts Denmark to promote linkages between R2P and human rights through the UN Human Rights Council, and to its development cooperation, particularly in Africa. Denmark has also been a strong supporter of global civil society initiatives to strengthen atrocity-prevention capacity of domestic actors. In this way, it has acted as a global norm entrepreneur in implementing the principle of R2P internationally. The chapter argues that more could be done in Danish foreign policy to promote the implementation of R2P, and forwards recommendations for strengthening its capacity in this area that are instructive for national actors seeking to strengthen its own institutionalization and implementation of R2P at home and abroad.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImplementing the Responsibility to Protect : A Future Agenda
EditorsCecilia Jacob, Martin Mennecke
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9780367265526, 9780367265533
ISBN (Electronic)9780429293795
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesGlobal Politics and the Responsibility to Protect


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