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Jennifer WelshJennifer Welsh

Jennifer Welsh is Professor and Chair in International Relations at the European University Institute and a Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College, University of Oxford. She was previously a Special Adviser on R2P to the UN Secretary General and Professor of International Relations European University Institute. Professor Welsh is the author, co-author, and editor of several books and articles on international relations,  the evolution of the notion of the ‘responsibility to protect’ in international society, the UN Security Council, and Canadian foreign policy.

Simon AdamsSimon Adams

Dr. Simon Adams is Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect in New York. He has worked extensively with governments and civil society organizations in South Africa, East Timor, Rwanda, and elsewhere. Between 1994 and 2002 Dr. Adams worked with Sinn Féin and former IRA prisoners in support of the Northern Ireland peace process. He is also a former anti-apartheid activist and member of the African National Congress in South Africa. He is the author of four books and numerous academic articles with a focus on international conflict.Director of the Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect, New York.

Chiara De FrancoChiara de Franco

As associate professor and affiliate to the Center for War Studies in the University of Southern Denmark, Dr de Franco carries out research in the field of International Relations theory, conflict resolution, and global media and security. She is currently working on the role of narratives and practices in IR, processes of mediatisation in warfare, organisational learning and norm diffusion - with a specific focus on the UN, the EU and the OSCE - the warning-response gap, and mass atrocity prevention (R2P).

Enzo Maria Le Fevre CerviniEnzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini

Dr. Le Fevre Cervini is the Director for Research and Cooperation at the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocity Prevention. He manages the Centre's relationship with International Organizations, States, NGOs, and CSOs, and is also the co-chair of the Community of Practice on Development and Mass Atrocities Prevention at the World Bank’s Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development, sponsored by the Centre.

Christoph MeyerChristoph Meyer

Christoph Meyer is Professor of European & International Politics at King's College London. His research interests are wide-ranging within the field of European Union studies and international relations. In terms of policy fields, he has been working on security and defence policy, including conflict prevention, public communication and media coverage as well as economic governance. He has contributed to debates about the European public sphere and political integration, European strategic culture and questions of forecasting and prevention of risks.

Vasilka SancinVasilka Sancin

Associate Professor, Department of International Law, University of Ljubljana

Anne Marie RodtAnnemarie Rodt

Annemarie Peen Rodt is Associate Professor at the Institute for Strategy of the Royal Danish Defence College in Copenhagen, where she heads the Protection of Civilians research cluster. Dr. Peen Rodt has published widely on the European Union’s foreign, security and defence policies as well as on EU crisis management, particularly in wider Europe and Africa. Most recent book: with Richard G Whitman and Stefan Wolff (eds), 2016. Theorising the European Union as an International Security Provider (Routledge). Ongoing Horizon 2020 research projects: IECEU – Improving the Effectiveness of the Capabilities in EU Conflict Prevention ( and EU-CIVCAP – Developing EU Civilian Capabilities for a Sustainable Peace (

Gillian KitleyGillian Kitley

Senior Officer, UN Office for the Prevention of Genocide and Responsibility to Protect

HilaryBennRt Hon. Hilary Benn MP

Hilary Benn is the Labour Member of Parliament for Leeds Central. Previously, he served as International Development Secretary, as a Minister in the Home Office, as Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, as the Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and the Shadow Foreign Secretary.