Lisbon Treaty conference

9 July, 2010

Examining how the European Union (EU) can improve its response in crisis situations; in particular, those which may lead to the commission of mass atrocities.

How can the Lisbon Treaty help the European Union implement the responsibility to protect?

Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th July 2010 (WP1042)

The treaty provides new opportunities for harmonising and coordinating both Council and Commission external relations policies, as well as linking development, human rights and defence and security initiatives.

Among those taking part in the conference were:

Edward Luck, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General

Karel Kovanda, Deputy Director-General at the European Commission’s External Relations Directorate General

Erika Feller, Assistant High Commissioner responsible for protection at the office of the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees.

Specific attention will be given to the EU’s response to crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Georgia.

Further information

Conference on How can the Lisbon Treaty Help the European Union Mainstream the Responsibility to Protect?

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