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From Gettysburg to Guantanamo: 150 Years of the Lieber Code and the Law of Armed Conflict.

Start/End Thursday, November 21, 2013 09:00 AM EST -- 05:00 PM EST
Location Name JG 106
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To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Lieber Code, the United States' codification of the laws of war, the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security, and the Lieber Society of the American Society of International Law will host a daylong conference. This event celebrates this anniversary with panel talks on the history of the Code, its influence on international humanitarian law, including The Hague and Geneva Conventions, and the application of the rules of international armed conflict to non-international situations.

This event is free and open to the public.

Conference Schedule 


9:00 – 9:15      Introductions

      • Philip Bobbitt, Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence; Director, Center for National Security Law, Columbia Law School

9:15 – 10:30    Panel 1: The Lieber Code & the American Civil War

      • John Fabian Witt, Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law, Yale Law School
      • Robert Chesney, Charles I. Francis Professor in Law, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
      • Moderator: Sarah Cleveland, Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights; Faculty Co-Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School

10:30 – 10:45  Break

10:45 – 12:00  Panel 2: Global Influence of the Lieber Code

      • Dapo Akande, University Lecturer in Public International Law and Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC)
      • Sir Adam Roberts, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford; Emeritus Fellow, Balliol College, University of Oxford
      • Moderator:  Philip Bobbitt, Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence; Director, Center for National Security Law, Columbia Law School

12:00 – 12:10  Break

12:10 – 1:20    Lunch Keynote Remarks

      • Brigadier General Rich Gross, U.S. Army, Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
      • Introduction: Sir Daniel Bethlehem, Visiting Professor, Columbia Law School and former Legal Adviser to the United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office

1:20 – 1:30      Break

1:30 – 3:00     Panel 3: Contemporary Challenges in the Law of Armed Conflict:

                        Enforcement & Compliance

      • Major-General Blaise Cathcart, Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Armed Forces
      • Jelena Pejic, Senior Legal Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross
      • Marten Zwanenburg, Senior Legal Advisor, Netherlands Ministry of Defense
      • Moderator:  Matthew Waxman, Professor of Law; Faculty Chair, Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security, Columbia Law School

3:00 – 3:15      Break

3:15 – 4:45      Panel 4: A Lieber Code for the 21st Century? Harmonizing Standards in Armed Conflict

      • Sir Daniel Bethlehem, Visiting Professor, Columbia Law School and former Legal Adviser to the United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office
      • Dr. Bruce Oswald, Associate Professor, Melbourne Law School
      • Naz Modirzadeh, Senior Fellow, HLS-Brookings Project on Law and Security, Harvard Law School
      • Moderator:  Brigadier General Rich Gross, U.S. Army, Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

4:45 – 5:00      Closing Remarks

      • Matthew Waxman, Professor of Law; Faculty Chair, Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security, Columbia Law School
      • Sarah Cleveland, Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights; Faculty Co-Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School

5:00                Reception



Contact: Ramya Ravishankar, rr2713@columbia.edu