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International Tribunals Today (2010)

Department of Anthropology and the Centre for the Study of Global Governance

As part of the justice work of the Global Civil Society programme and the law-in-society work of the Department of Anthropology we are holding two guest lectures that will raise fundamental questions concerning the nature and development of international criminal jurisdiction and prosecution today. The first by Ron Jennings addresses the Yugoslav Tribunal, the second by Omar Nashabe the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

All are welcome.  

Tuesday 26th January

Duško Tadić, Global Subject: On Cosmopolitan Law, and the New Global Courts, and the Globalization of the Political

6.00 - 8.00pm, Room D602 (Clement House), London School of Economics

Speaker: Ron Jennings, Columbia University
Chair: Susan Marks, Professor of International Law, LSE

Can the cosmopolitan criminal law of the new global courts serve as a fair and neutral basis for a global order? Using the indictment and trial of Duško Tadić, the first subject of a properly global law (the Yugoslavia Tribunal), as case study, this lecture will raise questions about the adequacy of the dominant modern accounts of law, and, in particular, our sense of law as both a relatively natural and an essentially limited and constraining institution. It suggests, rather, that—through nothing more than an expression at the global level of basic principles of law and legality—we are witnessing (in a process soon to be formalized with the first trials at the ICC) the globalization of a historically-specific concept of the political, as well as a dramatic reorganization of the sovereignty-based global material constitution, with important but little understood implications for democratic legitimacy and legal and cultural diversity.

Ronald Jennings received a JD in Law, worked as a human rights lawyer in the US, Cambodia and South Africa. He is in the course of submitting a doctoral dissertation in Anthropology at Columbia University on 'Duško Tadić, Global Subject: Reco nceptualizing the globalization of the political and political modernity in the wake of the Yugoslav Tribunal'.

For information concerning the this lecture, please contact Prof M Mundy (m.mundy@lse.ac.uk| , tel. 02079556242) and Dr H Seckinelgin ( m.h.seckinelgin@lse.ac.uk|)

Wednesday 27th January

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Where could Justice go wrong?

6:30 - 8.00pm, New Theatre (East Building), London School of Economics

Speaker: Dr Omar Nashabe, Lebanese American University
Chair: Professor Christine Chinkin, Law Department LSE

The lecture places the crime – the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri – in its socio-political context, considers the process of the establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in 2007, focuses on the structural properties of the tribunal, and closes by posing the central unanswered questions facing the same.

Omar Nashabe received a PhD in Criminal Justice; he serves as editor of the justice section of al-Akhbar newspaper and advisor on human rights and prisons to the Lebanese government. In 2007 he published The Roumieh Prison, if it could speak [in Arabic] with Dar as-Saqi, Beirut/London.

For information concerning the this lecture, please contact Prof M Mundy (m.mundy@lse.ac.uk| , tel. 02079556242) and Dr H Seckinelgin ( m.h.seckinelgin@lse.ac.uk|)

A Podc|ast of the lecture| is available on the LSE's lecture podcasts pages.

Thursday 28th January

A further lecture will be given by Dr Nashabe on his work on prisons in Lebanon as below

The White Paper on Prison Reform in Lebanon

Ethnography and History of Southwest Asia and North Africa (SWANA) Seminar Series, Department of Anthropology

Thursday 28 January 2010

6:00 – 8:00pm, New Academic Building Room 2.08

Speaker: Dr Omar Nashabe

This seminar will analyse Lebanon's prison system and prospects for reform.

For further information about the seminar, please contact Elizabeth Frantz (E.A.Frantz@lse.ac.uk|)

For further information about these events, please contact Joanna Stone (j.f.stone@lse.ac.uk|). 

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