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2009-2010 ILSP Speaker Series: Speaking Truth to Power

2012-2013 California Western/UC San Diego Speaker Series
Morality, Humanitarianism, and International Law

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The International Legal Studies Program at California Western School of Law and the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies at the University of California, San Diego are pleased to present their seventh annual Joint Speaker Series: Morality, Humanitarianism, and International Law.

Is international law founded on a set of ethical principles? Should the practice of international law be guided by such principles? Political theorists and legal ethicists have debated these questions for centuries. They appear in discussions about just war theory and humanitarian intervention. They infuse debates on human rights and their presumed universal applicability. And, they are at the heart of contemporary discussions on terrorism and torture. The 10th annual California Western-IICAS UC San Diego Joint Speaker Series examines the role of ethics and morality in international law and considers how these concepts affect the decisions of both individuals and states.

For more information about this speaker series contact Debra Compton at 619-525-1466 or dcompton@cwsl.edu.

View a PDF of the 2012-2013 Joint Speaker Series.

October 3, 2012
Professor Thilo Marauhn

Justus-Liebig-Universitat Giessen
"Syria and the Role of International Law"
12:10  p.m., California Western School of Law, Auditorium

Professor Marauhn serves as a professor of public law, international law, and European law at the Justus-Liebig-Universit├Ąt Giessen, Germany. He holds a law degree, a Postgraduate Diploma in International Law and Relations, an M.Phil. in International Relations, and a Dr. iur. utr. His main research interests focus on international legal approaches to human rights, environment and development, and international security.

January 31, 2013
Professor Roger P. Alford

University of Notre Dame Law School
"Moral Reasoning in International Law"
12:10  p.m., California Western School of Law, Lecture Hall 1

Professor Alford teaches and writes in a wide range of subject-matter areas, including international trade, international arbitration, and comparative law. He holds degrees from Baylor (B.A.), Southern Seminary (M.Div.), New York University (J.D.), and the University of Edinburgh (LL.M.). Before entering the legal academy, he served as a law clerk to Judge James Buckley of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Richard Allison of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.

February 11, 2013
Professor Bronwyn Leebaw

University of California, Riverside
"Justice, Charity, or Alibi? Humanitarianism and Human Rights as Responses to Violent Conflict"
3:00 p.m., UC San Diego Social Sciences Building, Room 107

Professor Leebaw received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught courses in human rights, political theory, international politics, transitional justice, and feminist theory. Her research has examined the changing relationship between human rights and humanitarian movements, the development of truth commissions and war crimes tribunals, and diverse approaches to transitional justice. A new project examines efforts to establish accountability for the environmental legacies of conflict.


March 13, 2013
Professor Dino Kritsiotis
University of Nottingham
"Humanitarian Intervention Coming Forward from the Arab Spring"
12:10 p.m., California Western School of Law, Lecture Hall 1

Professor Kritsiotis completed his law studies at the University of Wales College of Cardiff, and at the University of Cambridge, where he obtained his LL.M. in international law with distinction. His teaching and research interests concern international law and the use of force, international humanitarian law, general international law, as we as the history and theory of international law. He sits on the editorial boards for the Journal of Conflict and Security Law, Human Rights Law Review, Human Rights and Human Welfare, and the African Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law.


May 13, 2013
Professor J.P. Daughton
Stanford University
"Colonies of Humanity? Violence and Humanitarianism in the Modern French Empire"
3:00 p.m., UC San Diego Social Sciences Building, Room 107

Professor Daughton is a historian of modern Europe and European imperialism with a particular interest in political, cultural, and social history. His first book, An Empire Divided: Religion, Republicanism, and the Making of French Colonialism, 1880-1914, examines how conflict between religious missionaries and a host of anticlerical critics defined French colonial policies and "civilizing" ideologies in the empire, especially in Indochina, Madagascar, and Polynesia. He is currently working on a second book that considers how Europeans understood and responded to instances of violence and humanitarian crises caused or exacerbated by colonialism.

Speaker Series Sponsors

The International Legal Studies Program at California Western offers an enriched J.D. curriculum in international and comparative law. The classroom emphasis on theory and practice is complemented with curricular programs that highlight the role of international law in today's global economy. The program also promotes scholarly work in international and comparative law through faculty development, research support, and scholarly exchange.

The Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) promotes research on international, comparative, and cross-regional topics at the University of California, San Diego. IICAS coordinates and supports faculty research in departments, area studies programs, and the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS). It is closely associated with undergraduate and graduate education in international studies, including Eleanor Roosevelt College, the undergraduate international studies major, and IR/PS.