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Lecture “Responsibility to protect and the reluctant sovereign equality in international public law”

Date and time:21 November 2019,

2:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Place:VU Faculty of Law, 705 auditorium
Language:English

Short-lived notion of humanitarian intervention has been replaced at the junction of millennia by the new promising principle of the responsibility to protect (R2P). Multiplying armed conflicts, horrendous human right violations and paralyzed UN Security Council encouraged the discussion praising the unavoidable progress of the new international norm. Today, the new R2P doctrine still takes us around the inviolability of state sovereignty while the world media is shouting about the failure to protect.

Guest lecture purports a legal deconstruction of the new political principle on its struggle to becoming an international norm.

The speaker is Rytis Satkauskas, who is  currently in charge of the multilateral policy issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He graduated from Vilnius University in 1999 and continued his studies in Paris and Madrid. Rytis Satkauskas was a chair of the Council of the European Union Law of the Sea Working Party and headed the EU delegation in the Law of the Sea related international meetings during the Lithuanian presidency of the EU in 2013. In 2014 Mr Satkauskas worked on a detachment to the International Seabed Authority as a legal consultant, while he also lectured at the Caribbean Maritime Institute in Kingston.