Lecture Series on Law, War and Human Security

Sponsored by the Global Legal Studies Center & the Department of Political Science and co-sponsored by the Human Rights Initiative

Hosted by Professor Heinz Klug (Law) & Professor Helen Kinsella (Political Science)

The lecture series on Law, War and Human Security was launched in Fall 2006 as a way of forging links and working together with various schools, departments and centers with an interest in the areas of international law, international relations, humanitarian law, human rights, human security, and gender issues.  The Global Legal Studies Center provides administrative support and all lectures are held at the Law School.

Questions? Contact Sumudu Atapattu (saatapattu@wisc.edu) 

Spring 2009

  • February 26, 2009:
    "Life in Rural Afghanistan," by Professor Dyan Mazurama, Associate Professor and Research Director, Feinstein International Famine Center, Tufts University, lecture in the series Law, War and Human Security, sponsored by the Human Rights Initiative and co-sponsored by Global Studies, International Institute, Division of International Studies, Global Legal Studies Center and Department of Political Science, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall.  All are welcome.

  • March 24, 2009:
    Lecture by Professor Alex Downes,
    Department of Political Science, Duke University, lecture series on Law, War and Human Security, multiple sponsors, time and venue tbc.

  • April 9, 2009:
    Lecture by Professor Karen Engle, Cecil D. Redford Professor of Law and Director, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, University Texas School of Law, Noon-1:15pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law).  All are welcome.

Previous lectures in the series

Fall 2008

October 7, 2008:
"Regulating the Privatization of War: The Need for National Legislation on Private Military Companies" lecture by Professor Thilo Marauhn, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Giessen and partner, European Consortium on Regulating the Privatizationof War, lecture in the series “Law, War and Human Security,” hosted by Professors Heinz Klug (Law) and Helen Kinsella (Political Science), sponsored by the Global Legal Studies Center, Political Science Department, the Human Rights Initiative of UW-Madison, and the Center for German and European Studies, Tuesday, October 7, 2008, Noon-1:30, Lubar Commons (7200 Law).

Audio recording of the lecture is available at: http://law.wisc.edu/media/item/08_lubar_10_7.mp3

Spring 2008

January 31, 2008
"Mercenaries, Private Military and Security Companies and International Law" by Jose Luis Gomez del Prado, Chairperson, UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries, with comments by Professor Michael Likosky (Law) and Kate McCoy (Sociology), Noon-1:15pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law), with support from the Lectures Committee.  See paper.

March 24, 2008
“Gender and Truth Commissions: The Peruvian Case,” by Julissa Mantilla Falcon (Peruvian lawyer and international consultant on gender and transitional justice issues) in the series Law, War and Human Security, Noon-1:15pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law), with comments from Christina Ewig (Political Science/Gender and Women’s Studies) and Heinz Klug (Law), sponsored by the TARGET Research Circle, the Global Legal Studies Center, the Human Rights Initiative at University of Wisconsin-Madison, LACIS and Gender & Women’s Studies Department.

March 25, 2008
“International Criminal Justice: The Return of the Show Trial,” by Professor Nancy Combs, Associate Professor, William & Mary School of Law, in the series Law, War and Human Security, Noon-1:15pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law).  Sponsored by the Global Legal Studies Center and Political Science Department.

April 3, 2008
“Genocide in Namibia: Negotiating the Past between Namibia and Germany," by Professor Reinhart Kössler, Adjunct Professor of Sociology, University of Münster and Researcher, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, Freiburg, Germany, in the series Law, War and Human Security, Noon-1:15pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law), sponsored by the Center for German and European Studies and co-sponsored by the Human Rights Initiative at University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

See paper and powerpoint slides.

April 17, 2008
“Accountability in Counterinsurgency: Mission Impossible?” by Sarah Sewall, Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University, in the series Law, War and Human Security, Noon-1:15, Lubar Commons, with comments by Professor Art McCoy (History) tbc and co-sponsored by the Human Rights Initiative at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Fall 2007

October 4, 2007
Workshop on “Law in Times of Crisis” by Professor Oren Gross & Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain
, University of Minnesota Law School, with comments by Professor Heinz Klug (UW Law School) and Professor Howard Schweber (Political Science Dept), sponsored by Global Legal Studies Center and Political Science Department.

October 9, 2007
“Law, War and Human Security” by Professor Stephen Toope, President, University of British Columbia and former Dean, McGill Faculty of Law, part of the Canadian Studies Initiative (sponsored by the Division of International Studies, UW-Madison & Canadian Embassy, Washington DC), co-sponsored by the Global Legal Studies Center and Department of Political Science.

November 15, 2007
“Treaties’ End:  The Past, Present, and Future of International Lawmaking in the United States” by Professor Oona Hathaway, Associate Professor, Yale Law School with comments by Professors Richard Bilder and Heinz Klug (UW Law School), sponsored by the Global Legal Studies Center and Department of Political Science, with support from the Lectures Committee.

Spring 2007

April 26, 2007
"Law in Denial or Law in Control?: Reflections on War in the Twilight of an Era,” by Professor Nathaniel Berman, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School, sponsored by Global Legal Studies Center and Political Science Department with support from the Lectures Committee.

Fall 2006

October 26, 2006
"The Art of Forgetting and Other Ways of Remembering: A Dialogue on Political Violence and Memory,” documentary film on Sri Lanka and presentation by Lisa Kois, human rights lawyer, writer and film maker, co-sponsored by the Global Legal Studies Initiative, the Transnational Feminism Research Circle, UW Political Science Department and Center for South Asia.

November 2, 2006
Rules of Engagement: Norms, Civilian Casualties, and U.S. Conduct in Iraq by Professor Colin Kahl, Political Science Department, University of Minnesota, co-sponsored by the Global Legal Studies Initiative, and UW Political Science Department.

November 16, 2006
“How to Govern Backward People: International Law and Nation Building in Historical Perspective,” by Professor Antony Anghie, Professor of Law, SJ Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, co-sponsored by the Global Legal Studies Initiative, and UW Political Science Department.


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