Public Discussion: Dr Rama Mani, "Citizens, culture & state sovereignty: what future for the responsibility to protect? "

Past Event

14 October 2011, 1:00pm

Manor Road Building
University of Oxford, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UQ

This event is hosted by the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict


  • Dr Rama Mani, Councillor, World Future Council; former Executive Director, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka; Senior Researcher, CIS, University of Oxford; Director, Responsibility to Protect: Southern Cultural Perspectives.
  • Professor Jennifer Welsh, Co-Director, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict and Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford.
  • Professor Richard Caplan, Professor of International Relations; Advisor to the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission and UK House of Commons Select Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Chair: Professor Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Professor of International Relations; Director, Centre for International Studies and Centre for European Studies; Member of Reflection Group on Future of Europe.

Summary: Dr. Mani will introduce and launch ‘Responsibility to Protect: Cultural Perspectives from the Global South’, (Routledge, Sept. 2011, co-edited by Dr Mani and Prof. Thomas G. Weiss). She will argue why it is crucial today for the UN, NATO and EU to consider both cultural dimensions of ethics, values, spirituality and aesthetics, as well as civilians’ needs, demands and sensitivities in shaping future R2P responses, drawing on local voices from Rwanda, Kosovo, Nepal and elsewhere.

This event is open to all, no registration necessary. Lunch will be served in the Manor Road Building Common Room from 12-12.30pm