Responsibility to Protect

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Event Time: 
12:00 p.m.; 4:30 p.m.
Location: 
012 Bendheim Hall; 016 Robertson Hall

Edward Luck, Senior Vice President for Research at the International Peace Institute, and Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General, presented a lunch seminar and a public talk on Thursday, April 28. The lunch talk, "Do Opposites Attract?: Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect," was held in 012 Bendheim Hall at 12:00 p.m. The public lecture, "The Risk of Relevance: Libya, Cote d'Ivoire, and the Responsibility to Protect," was held at 4:30 p.m. in 016 Robertson Hall. The lecture was part of LISD's 10th anniversary lecture series, "Changing Notions of State, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination," and was co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School. It was free and open to the public.

Edward Luck is currently on public service leave as professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs and director of the Center on International Organization of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Before joining Columbia in 2001, Luck was founder and executive director of the Center for the Study of International Organization, a research center jointly established by the School of Law of New York University and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University.

From 1995 to 1997, he played a key role in the UN reform process as senior consultant to the Department of Administration and Management of the United Nations, as staff director of the General Assembly's Open-ended High-level Working Group on the Strengthening of the United Nations System, and as an adviser to the President of the General Assembly, Razali Ismail, on his proposals for Security Council reform. From 1984 to 1994, Luck served as president and CEO of the United Nations Association of the USA, an organization he served in a number of research and management capacities between 1974 and 1984. He has also been a visiting professor at Sciences-Po in Paris; a senior consultant to the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict; a member of the Secretary-General's Policy Working Group on the United Nations and Terrorism; and a consultant to numerous private foundations and research centers.

Luck's most recent books include The UN Security Council: Practice and Promise (Routledge, 2006); International Law and Organization: Closing the Compliance Gap, co-edited with Michael W. Doyle (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004); and Mixed Messages: American Politics and International Organization, 1919-1999 (Brookings, 1999).