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Monday, 17 October 2011

IHL Dialogues: Resource Wars: Law, Land and Conflict

Date: Tuesday 18 October 2011
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: St Clement's Building, STC.S421
Speakers: Bruce Broomhall, Balakrishnan Rajagopal
Chair: Dr Chaloka Beyani

The IHL Project at the Law Department is hosting a series of dialogues on contemporary problems for the law of armed conflict.

Bruce Broomhall is a Professor of Law at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). He is currently pursuing research on resource conflicts under international law, building on collaborations he has undertaken over recent years with legal and policy experts from a range of fields in attempting to craft effective responses to the problem of illicit, conflict-fuelling natural resource economies. This focus forms part of a larger research interest in issues related to the establishment of an effective and legitimate system of international justice, including universal jurisdiction, the International Criminal Court, the role of the emerging system of justice within the existing framework for managing international peace and security, the impact of illegal economies of war on human security, the legal responsibilities of business actors in conflict settings, and the role of children in the transitional justice process. He teaches mainly in international and transnational criminal law. He has published on the role of criminal punishment in the enforcement of international norms, notably in his book International Justice and the International Criminal Court: Between Sovereignty and the Rule of Law (Oxford University Press, 2003).

Balakrishnan Rajagopal, B.L. (Madras), LL.M. (American), S.J.D. (Harvard) is Associate Professor of Law and Development and Director of the Program on Human Rights and Justice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He formerly served with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia and consulted with the UNDP, the World Commission on Dams and civil society organizations. He has been a member of the Executive Council and Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law, and is currently on the Asia Advisory Board of Human Rights Watch, the International Advisory Committee of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights and the International Rights Advocates. He is a Faculty Associate at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation and has been a Visiting Professor at the UN University for Peace, University of Melbourne Law School and the Washington College of Law, the American University, and Fellow at the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Madras Institute of Development Studies, both in India, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington DC, and the Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem. His books include International Law from Below: Development Social Movements and Third World Resistance and International Law and the Third World: Reshaping Justice.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries phone and email Stephen Humphreys on S.J.Humphreys@lse.ac.uk or 07551598651. You can also visit the website.

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