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Fourth Public International Law Seminar


13.00 - 14.15 The Characterisation of Remote Warfare under International Humanitarian Law;

Speaker: Dr. Anthony Cullen, Middlesex University, London;

This lecture examines the characterisation of remote warfare under international humanitarian law, focusing on three modes of attack: the use of remotely piloted vehicles, cyber operations, and autonomous weapon systems. Bearing in mind the challenges that each of these present to the applicability of the law, it contends that the concept of armed conflict needs to be interpreted in terms consistent with the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties to preserve its integrity. In this context, the object and purpose of international humanitarian law and its significance for the characterisation of remote warfare will be explored.

14.15 - 15.00 Becoming A Subject in International Law: The Administrator of Occupied Iraq, The 1863 Lieber Code of the American Civil War, And the Perpetual Presence of the Past in The Present;

Speaker: Matilda Arvidsson, Lund University, Lund;

Abstract: In the wake of the war and occupation of Iraq, 2003-2004, international legal scholars struggled to understand and describe the event and the law surrounding it. This presentation takes that situation of uncertainty as its point of departure, and it unfolds through an analysis of the material conditions and linguistic-rhetoric and affective-psychic registers through which the Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) of occupied Iraq emerged as a legal subject in response to the international law of belligerent occupation and related law and policy. Drawing on feminist theory, and in particular Judith Butler's philosophy of the self and Jean Laplanche's psychoanalytical theory of the other, and while pursuing the broader aim of theorizing the subject in international law, the presentation tells the story of how the Administrator of the CPA formulated a position for itself within the contemporary international law of belligerent occupation: the Lieber Code position. A historical source of law - domestic legislation regarding warfare and occupation originating from 1863 and the American Civil War - thus resurfaced as part of an international legal argument during the occupation of Iraq. Through an analysis of the occupation of Iraq the presentation unravels how the Administrator was subjectified, what consequences this subjectification had, and how this example of subjectification alters our understanding of international law (if it does at all).

Föreläsare: Dr. Anthony Cullen, Middlesex University, London; Matilda Arvidsson, Lund University, Lund

Datum: 2017-05-10

Tid: 13:00 - 15:00

Kategorier: Ekonomi/juridik

Arrangör: Department of Law

Plats: Handelshögskolan, Vasagatan 1
CIP room, C-house, 5 floor

Sista anmälningsdag: 2017-05-08 kl. 12:00.

Kontaktperson: Trisha Rajput

Antal platser: 25 (Varav 9 är bokade)

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