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Human Rights and Humanitarian Law - Conflict or Convergence?
Klatsky Seminar in Human Rights presented by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
APR 7, 2010
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)

The decades since the Second World War have been the ‘Age of Human Rights’ and it is one of the proudest achievements of international law that this development has placed the rights and well-being of the individual at the heart of international law and relations in a way which would have been inconceivable not long ago. Yet within international law, human rights law is not alone in having the welfare of the individual as its priority; international humanitarian law has long sought to protect the individual from the worst excesses of war. Are these two bodies of law mutually exclusive ? Do they conflict or are they capable of of playing complementary roles ? Judge Greenwood will draw on his experience both as an academic and a practitioner in addressing these questions.

The recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the former Yugoslavia and Sri Lanka, the threat posed by international terrorism and the challenges of reconciling the UN Security Council’s responsibility for international peace and security with modern human rights and humanitarian norms have made this subject one of great practical importance. It goes to the heart of some of the challenges facing courts in all the main jurisdictions today.
Speaker Information
Sir Christopher GreenwoodSir Christopher Greenwood, CMG, QC
Judge, International Court of Justice

Elected by the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council in November 2008, Sir Christopher Greenwood took office on 6 February 2009. Educated at Wellingborough School and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he obtained first class degrees in Law and International Law, prior to his election to the Court he combined a career as an academic with practice as a barrister before the English and international courts. He was a Fellow of Magdalene College from 1978 to 1996 and Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics from 1996 to 2009. He is the Joint Editor of the International Law Reports, author of Essays on War in International Law and approximately one hundred articles in various law journals.

Called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1978, he was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1999 and elected a Bencher of the Middle Temple in 2003. He argued ten cases before England's highest court, the House of Lords, and appeared as counsel before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the UN Compensation Commission and various arbitration tribunals. Notable cases include the Pinochet, Lockerbie, Bankovic and Kuwait Airways cases, as well as cases on Iraq, UN sanctions, and maritime boundaries. He was knighted for services to public international law in 2009.
Additional Information
Open to the public at no cost. One FREE hour of CLE credit will be available to lawyers who attend.

Please note - Recording in any form is prohibited.

Supplemental Readings:
· Bibliography
· Bankovic & others v. Belgium
· Al-Jedda v Defence Secretary, UK
· Al-Skeini & others v Defence Secretary, UK

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