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McGill University
Political Science
POLI 244
Stephen Saideman

Conflicting Norms Sovereignty, territorial integrity Countries expect to have no one mess with their citizens No one from the outside should tell a state what to do You have the right to keep what you got Self-determination Peoples have a right to determine their destiny Who is entitled to determine one's future? A challenge to sovereignty Groups might be wanting self-determination --> secession Genocide convention Countries should not kill in whole or in part that is distinct by ethnicity Impose an obligation that if there is a genocide observed in the world, countries must try to stop it Problem There has been genocides since 1945 e.g. Rwanda Responsibility to protect in theory Canadian role in norm creation/promotion Redefining sovereignty If you treat your people well, there will be no interference with the international community Covers genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing International community has responsibilities if state fails In practice About as effective as genocide convention
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