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The Art of War in the Modern World

General Sir Rupert Smith, former deputy supreme commander, Allied Powers Europe, will give a public lecture at LSE on Tuesday 17 October. He will explore the art of war in the modern world.

'War no longer exists.' So begins General Sir Rupert Smith's book on the utility of force. This lecture discusses the changing character of warfare in the modern world. How do we adapt to this new environment? What prospects are there for the legal regulation of violence?

This event is one in a series of lectures organised by the LSE International Humanitarian Law Project and supported by the Law Society Charity. Forthcoming speakers in the series are John B Bellinger III, principal adviser on all domestic and international law matters to the US Department of State, the Foreign Service, and the diplomatic and consular posts abroad, Professor Françoise Hampson, University of Essex, and Professor Bill Schabas, Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

General Sir Rupert Smith was deputy supreme commander, Allied Powers Europe, from 1998 to 2001. He is author of The Utility of Force: the art of war in the modern world (Allen Lane, 2005).

Professor Christopher Greenwood, LSE, will chair this event.

The Art of War in the Modern World is on Tuesday 17 October 2006 at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk|

Notes:

The International Humanitarian Law Project Lecture Series continues with:

  • Legal Issues in the War on Terrorism, with John B Bellinger III, principal adviser on all domestic and international law matters to the US Department of State, the Foreign Service, and the diplomatic and consular posts abroad, on Tuesday 31 October
  • The Interaction of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law with Professor Françoise Hampson, University of Essex, and Professor Bill Schabas, Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway, on Thursday 30 November 2006

LSE International Humanitarian Law Project|
International humanitarian law faces a host of pressing challenges in today's globalised environment ranging from the changing methods of warfare, weapons advancement and development, to the conflation of law enforcement and armed conflict. The Project seeks to promote the study of international humanitarian law and to engage the interest of, and enhance a dialogue between, the scholarly community, governments, organisations and institutions concerned with humanitarian issues, and the wider public. For more information, see http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/IHLProject/|

Law Society Charity|
The Law Society Charity is a charitable fund set up by the Law Society in 1974. It makes grants to a wide range of organisations and individuals with a view to directly furthering law and justice. For more information, see http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/productsandservices/atoz/view=productdetails.law?PRODUCTID=246753|

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War and law buffs should head for the London School of Economics next Tuesday when General Sir Rupert Smith, former deputy supreme commander of the allied powers in Europe, will be giving a free lecture on the art of war in the modern world.

posted 10 October 2006

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