Authority and the Right to Use Violence in Civil War <br> Pål Wrange (Stockholm University)
Nov
16
1:00 PM13:00

Authority and the Right to Use Violence in Civil War
Pål Wrange (Stockholm University)

During this seminar, Pål Wrange will discuss the implications of the legal inequality between rebels, who can be criminally liable for actions in war under domestic law, and state actors, who have a monopoly on legitimate violence. He will examine the different options available to international humanitarian lawyers and the practical and theoretical implications of the current approach.

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The American Lieber Code in Occupied Iraq: Anachronism and the Turn to History in International Law and Practice<br> Matilda Arvidsson (University of Gothenburg)
Nov
2
1:00 PM13:00

The American Lieber Code in Occupied Iraq: Anachronism and the Turn to History in International Law and Practice
Matilda Arvidsson (University of Gothenburg)

In this seminar, Matilda Arvidsson revisited the occupation of Iraq in 2003–2004 to ask about the use of the 19th century Lieber Code during this time. Why did an antiquated American Civil War code resurface in the wake of the international armed conflict in Iraq, and to what effect?

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Law and Stalin, or Things You Can Do with a Property Regime <br> Scott Newton (SOAS)
Aug
30
1:00 PM13:00

Law and Stalin, or Things You Can Do with a Property Regime
Scott Newton (SOAS)

In this seminar, Scott Newton discussed the legal-institutional project of mature Stalinism and its post-liberal legality through a shared toolkit of legal concepts, processes and approaches with other 20th century post-liberal legalities. He argued that Stalinism stands as a monument to the Soviet legal imaginary in its radical scope and Promethean ambitions, notwithstanding its limitations and flaws.

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Imperialism, International Law and the Politics of Hypocrisy <br> Robert Knox (University of Liverpool)
Aug
23
1:00 PM13:00

Imperialism, International Law and the Politics of Hypocrisy
Robert Knox (University of Liverpool)

In this seminar, Dr Robert Knox examined recurring accusations of hypocrisy and their significance for international law. Rather than being merely political and extra-legal, he argued that these accusations are integral to international law and that they have played varying roles throughout history. Are these accusations politically fruitful, or do they reaffirm the wider system in which they are made? 

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Rule of Law or Rule by Lawyers? On the Politics of Translating in International Law <br> Maj Grasten (Copenhagen Business School)
Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

Rule of Law or Rule by Lawyers? On the Politics of Translating in International Law
Maj Grasten (Copenhagen Business School)

In this seminar, Maj Grasten explored the way in which the rule of law is deployed in order to justify and sustain international interventions. She used a multi-sited ethnography in order to trace the inscription of meaning by international lawyers into the rule of law in post-conflict situations, and to reveal the politics of legal translation inherent in humanitarian practices.

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Towards a Maximalist Reconception of Human Security regarding Forced Displacement <br> Maria Varaki (Helsinki)
Jul
26
1:00 PM13:00

Towards a Maximalist Reconception of Human Security regarding Forced Displacement
Maria Varaki (Helsinki)

In this seminar, Maria Varaki outlined the debate on emerging norms of sovereign responsibility for human security. Through linking human security to forced displacement,  she proposed an expansion of current understandings of human security, and an agenda for further research.

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State Responsibility for Rebels in the Venezuela Arbitrations: Reading Joseph Conrad’s 'Nostromo'<br>Kathryn Greenman (Amsterdam)
Mar
23
1:00 PM13:00

State Responsibility for Rebels in the Venezuela Arbitrations: Reading Joseph Conrad’s 'Nostromo'
Kathryn Greenman (Amsterdam)

In this seminar, Kathryn Greenman drew on Joseph Conrad's epic novel Nostromo – with its critique of economic imperialism and its ideas about the inherent chaos of Latin American society – to explore how the international law doctrine of state responsibility for rebels was forged in the postcolonial encounter between the West and Latin America.

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Uneasy Neutrality: Great Britain and the Greek War of Independence<br>Viktoria Jakjimovska (Leuven)
Mar
21
1:00 PM13:00

Uneasy Neutrality: Great Britain and the Greek War of Independence
Viktoria Jakjimovska (Leuven)

In this seminar, Viktorija Jakjimovska developed a legal and conceptual analysis of British responses to the Greek War of Independence (1821-1832). She explored how the tensions between legal arguments about intervention and the political context in which they were defended contributed to shaping civil war as a legal concept within the jus ad bellum.

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State Support to Parties to Armed Conflict: Critiquing the ICRC’s Approach<br>Nele Verlinden (Leuven)
Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

State Support to Parties to Armed Conflict: Critiquing the ICRC’s Approach
Nele Verlinden (Leuven)

This seminar presented by Nele Verlinden analysed alternative thresholds in jus in bello that have been developed to deal with increasing ‘non-lethal’ State support to parties to an armed conflict, such as the provision of air-to-air refuel services, the sharing of crucial intelligence information or allowing territory to be used for launching drone operations.

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Erik Castrén and the Classical Doctrine of Civil War in International Law<br>Ville Kari (Helsinki)
Mar
9
1:00 PM13:00

Erik Castrén and the Classical Doctrine of Civil War in International Law
Ville Kari (Helsinki)

In this seminar, Ville Kari explored the classical doctrine of civil war which preceded the era of modern collective security and of decolonisation in international law. Working backwards from Erik Castrén's last monograph Civil War (1966), he discussed this tradition of legal thinking and why it has since been abandoned.

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WEB Du Bois, the Pan-African Congresses and the 'romantic international'<br>Christopher Gevers (KwaZulu-Natal)
Oct
27
12:30 PM12:30

WEB Du Bois, the Pan-African Congresses and the 'romantic international'
Christopher Gevers (KwaZulu-Natal)

In this seminar, Christopher Gevers explored the romantic internationalism of WEB Du Bois, the ‘Father of Pan-Africanism’, through his essays, political writings, and novels.

Christopher Gevers teaches international law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and is a PhD candidate at Melbourne Law School. 

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The Colombian Referendum - A Failed Peace?<br>Sebastián Machado (Melbourne)
Oct
14
1:00 PM13:00

The Colombian Referendum - A Failed Peace?
Sebastián Machado (Melbourne)

In this seminar, Sebastián Machado Ramírez (Laureate Program, and former Senior Advisor on International Law to the Attorney General of Colombia) discussed the Colombian peace process, the considerations that led to the decision to hold a referendum, the causes for its failure, the perceived tension between amnesties and human rights, and the possible scenarios that could unfold. 

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