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Maintaining international peace and security: The case for a responsibility not to veto

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dc.contributor.author Steevens, Hester
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-21T23:41:42Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-11T21:24:58Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-21T23:41:42Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-11T21:24:58Z
dc.date.copyright 2016
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/20173
dc.description.abstract This paper argues that the permanent members of the Security Council (the SC) should have a responsibility not to exercise their veto power when genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, or ethnic cleansing (together mass atrocities) are occurring or there is an imminent threat of them occurring. It looks at the origins of the SC and the evolution of the veto. It explains that the flaws associated with the veto threaten the legitimacy of the SC. It then discusses the concept of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and links this to the veto power. The paper then investigates ways of reforming the veto. It shows that amendment is unlikely so other means need to be looked at. It investigates creative interpretation of the Charter, the Uniting for Peace resolution, and the creation of a code of conduct, and deems creating a code of conduct regulating veto use as the strongest of these options. The paper then analyses initiatives that limit the veto power before proposing a new code of conduct. The paper concludes that there needs to be a commitment by the permanent members of the SC to refrain from using the veto in mass atrocity situations. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject United Nations en_NZ
dc.subject Security Council en_NZ
dc.subject Responsibility to protect en_NZ
dc.subject R2P en_NZ
dc.subject Responsibility not to veto en_NZ
dc.subject Mass atrocity en_NZ
dc.subject Code of conduct en_NZ
dc.subject Reform en_NZ
dc.title Maintaining international peace and security: The case for a responsibility not to veto en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Victoria Law School en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Faculty of Law / Te Kauhanganui Tātai Ture en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180116 International Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 1 Pure Basic Research en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Research Paper or Project en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Law en_NZ
thesis.degree.name LL.B. (Honours) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 489999 Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.school School of Law en_NZ

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