Rescuing a pacifist sensitivity in international law

Event date: 
13 May 2015
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Venue: 
G23, ground floor, UNSW Law - all welcome public event
Topic: 
international law
Speaker: 
Frederic Megret
Position: 
McGill University
Cost: 
Free
Enquiries: 
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By all accounts, eradicating war is a dominant goal of international law. Yet international law arguably manifests a characteristic ambivalence when it comes to war: condemning resort to it on the one hand, yet allowing it in self-defense, legitimising it to save humanity, and privileging it under the laws of war. Looking at the idea of a human right to peace, Frédéric Mégret will suggest ways in which a more radical pacifist sensitivity might be reclaimed in international law, one that is not content with humanising war but seeks its active elimination.

Frédéric Mégret is an Associate Professor of Law at McGill University, and the Canada Research Chair on the Law of Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. In March 2015, he was made a William Dawson Scholar. His interests lie in the theoretical dimensions of international criminal justice, international human rights law and international humanitarian law, as well as general international law.