The 'Responsibility to Protect' and the Protection of Conflict Induced Internally Displaced Persons: Gender and Global Norms

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Research Update

Date & time

Wednesday 11 June 2014


JDB Miller Reading Room, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU


Lucy Hall, PhD Candidate, University of New South Wales


Kerrie Hogan
+61 2 6125 2167

As distinct areas, R2P, Internal Displacement Protection Frameworks and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda are receiving increasing amounts of attention in relation to their relevance vis-ÌÊ-vis responding to and/or intervening in internal armed conflicts.

The R2P and IDP Protection frameworks are elements of a broader set of discourses relating to humanitarian intervention and civilian protection. Feminist scholars have demonstrated that the conception and practice of humanitarian intervention and civilian protection are gendered. Expanding on the work of inter alia Stamnes (2012), Charlesworth (2010), Harris-Rimmer (2009) and Shepherd (2010) I ask, in relation to R2P and Internal Displacement Protection Frameworks 'what work is gender doing?'.

This research explores the gendered logics of the R2P and IDP Protection through archival and field research. By applying a feminist lens to study the discursive construction of normative frameworks permits an insight into how particular conceptualizations of gender are interwoven into the fabric of norms and perhaps inherited from pre-existing and closely related norms. I read these normative frameworks in the context of the UN Security Council Women, Peace and Security agenda and of particular interest is the extent to which the WPS agenda could be better integrated into the R2P and IDP Protection.


Lucy Hall is a doctoral researcher at the University of New South Wales. Her research focuses on the ways in whichgender has been invoked, ignored and configured in the normative evolution of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and Protection Frameworks designed to respond to internal displacement (the Guiding Principles and Kampala Convention). Lucy previously worked for the International Institute for Humanitarian Law, and seconded to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where she specialized in training and developing state capacity in relation to refugee law and internal displacement policy, with an emphasis on the gendered impact of forced displacement.

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