Professor Sir Adam Roberts KCMG MA FBA will give a public lecture at LSE on Monday 5 June. He will explore transformative military occupation.
The US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq had the stated purpose of transforming the existing political order - a dream that is at risk of turning into a nightmare. Transformative occupation is an idea with a long and chequered history. The events in Iraq revive the question of whether a military occupation should ever have transformative goals - a question that involves considerations of both prudence and law.
This lecture will ask: Are such goals by nature ethnocentric? Do they conflict with provisions in the laws of war requiring occupants to respect the laws in force in the country? And can human rights law, and UN Security Council resolutions, provide a legal framework for transformative objectives?
Professor Sir Adam Roberts is the Montague Burton Professor of International Relations and a fellow of Balliol College, Oxford University. He was lecturer in international relations at LSE from 1968-81, and in 1997 was elected an Honorary Fellow of LSE. Sir Adam is a member of the Steering Committee, Oxford Leverhulme Programme on 'The Changing Character of War'.
This event is part of a series of LSE International Humanitarian Law Project Lectures and is sponsored by the Law Society Charity.
Professor Conor Gearty, Rausing Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE, will chair this event.
Transformative Military Occupation: applying the laws of war and human rights is on Monday 5 June 2006 at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.
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posted 24 May 2006