Of War and Law

Of War and Law Symposium

Of War and Law

Date: February 12, 2009 – February 14, 2009
Time and location: University of Notre Dame (See listings for events in schedule)

A Symposium and Film Festival on the Occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions on the Protection of Victims of Armed Conflict

The 1949 Geneva (or “Red Cross”) Conventions on the Protection of Victims of Armed Conflict (civilians, the wounded and sick, and prisoners of war) are the core of international humanitarian law. Drafted shortly after World War II, the Conventions primarily deal with war between states and regular armies.

Over the past 60 years, armed conflict has grown significantly more complex. The “new wars” blur the distinctions between war, organized crime, terrorism, and large-scale violations of human rights; between public and private actors; between military, police, and civilians; between occupation, counterinsurgency, and nation-building; and between war and peace itself.

This three-day event will explore the transformation of war and the ensuing challenges to international humanitarian law. It will feature lectures by a leading military historian and theoretician and by a high-tech entrepreneur and former U.S. special operations officer; panel discussions with leading scholars in international law, conflict, and peace; and a series of provocative films spanning wars and humanitarian law issues over 150 years.

Symposium & Film Schedule

Thursday, February 12
12:30 p.m.
Lecture: The Culture of War, featuring Martin van Creveld (Hesburgh Center Auditorium)

7 p.m.
Symposium: War in the 21st Century, featuring Martin van Creveld, John Robb, and Jamie Williamson, and moderated by Mary Ellen O’Connell (Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center)

8:30 p.m.
Reception and book display/signing (following the film)

9:30 p.m.
Film: Henry Dunant, Red on the Cross (Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center)

Friday, February 13
12:30 p.m.
Lecture: The Economics of Contemporary Armed Conflict, featuring John Robb (Hesburgh Center Auditorium)

4 p.m.
Symposium: New Wars, New Laws? Humanitarian Law in the 21st Century, featuring Martin van Creveld, Frédéric Mégret, and Cécile Aptel, and moderated by David Cortright (Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center)

5:30 p.m.
Reception and book display and signing (following the Symposium)

6:30 p.m.
Film: Breaker Morant (Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center)

9:30 p.m.
Film: Casualties of War (Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center)

Saturday, February 14
6:30 p.m.
Film: Afghan Breakdown (Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center)

9:30 p.m.
Film: Welcome to Sarajevo (Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center)

PLEASE NOTE:
Events are free and open to the public.
All films are FREE but ticketed. Call the DPAC Ticket Office at 574.631.2800 to reserve tickets.

Speakers and moderators

Cécile Aptel is a longtime legal advisor to the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia

David Cortright is a research fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the president of the Fourth Freedom Forum

Frédéric Mégret is professor of law at McGill University, the Canada Research Chair on the Law of Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, and the Director of the McGill Clinic for the Sierra Leone Special Court.

Mary Ellen O’Connell is the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame and a faculty fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

John Robb, formerly with U.S. military special operations, is an expert on the Iraqi insurgency, global guerrillas, and open-source warfare.

Martin van Creveld of the Hebrew University is a leading expert on military history and strategy.

Jamie Williamson of the International Committee of the Red Cross (Washington D.C.)

Sponsors

Arts and Letters Undergraduate Studies Office
Center for Civil and Human Rights
Center for Social Concerns
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Department of Film, Television, and Theatre
Department of History
Department of Political Science
Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts
Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Nanovic Institute for European Studies

For further information, contact Luc Reydams, Department of Political Science, lreydams@nd.edu