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Conceptualising Consistency: Coherence, Principles, and the Practice of Human Protection

Crossley, N; (2020) Conceptualising Consistency: Coherence, Principles, and the Practice of Human Protection. Global Responsibility to Protect , 12 (4) pp. 440-463. 10.1163/1875-984X-01204010. Green open access

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Abstract

‘Consistency’ has a range of meanings in the context of human protection practice. This article conceptualises consistency – a basic premise for the legitimacy of norms, both procedurally as well as substantively. First, ‘consistency’ can refer to the coherence of the human protection framework. Second, consistency can refer to the degree to which protection responses adhere to international law and conform with international norms. Third, ‘consistency’ can mean the absence of variability and unevenness in the application of norms. I argue that consistency understood as coherence facilitates protection responses in line with international law, and, second, that a coherent protection framework encourages the even and invariable application of norms of protection by assigning responsibilities to individual protection agents. However, the international human protection regime remains incoherent: it is ambiguous and it is insufficiently integrated with other regimes and across institutions.

Type: Article
Title: Conceptualising Consistency: Coherence, Principles, and the Practice of Human Protection
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1163/1875-984X-01204010
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1163/1875-984X-01204010
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: coherence; consistency; responsibility; norms; human rights; human protection
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10100350
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