UCL Faculty of Laws


Online | What Might (Finally) Kill the Jus ad Bellum

22 October 2020, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

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A Current Legal Problems Lecture to be delivered by Professor Monica Hakimi (University of Michigan Law School)

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Speaker: Professor Monica Hakimi (University of Michigan Law School)
Chair: Sir Michael Wood (Twenty Essex)

About the lecture

What Might (Finally) Kill the Jus ad Bellum. There is a long tradition of international relations and legal scholars warning of the demise of the jus ad bellum - the international law that governs when states may use force across national borders. Professor Hakimi will argue in this Lecture that these warnings have mostly been wrong. The reason they have been wrong is that they have misdiagnosed or at least grossly overstated the source of the threat. Worse, they have diverted attention away from the kinds of challenges that might actually push the contemporary jus ad bellum to the breaking point - and that we might now confront.

About the speaker

Monica Hakimi is the James V. Campbell Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Faculty and Research at the University of Michigan Law School. Her research ties together legal practice, doctrine, and theory to examine how international law operates and adapts to contemporary challenges, particularly in the areas of human and national security.

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Professor Monica Hakimi's paper will appear in the forthcoming Current Legal Problems volume at the end of this Academic year. Read more about Current Legal Problems and to view previous volumes.

About Current Legal Problems

The Current Legal Problems (CLP) lecture series and annual volume was established over fifty five years ago at the Faculty of Laws, University College London and is recognised as a major reference point for legal scholarship.