Columbia Law School Conference to Explore the Laws of War: Past, Present, and Future
Nov. 21 Event, "From Gettysburg to Guantánamo: 150 Years of the Lieber Code and the Law of Armed Conflict," Will Examine the Continuing Significance of the Lieber Code, Written in 1863 by Columbia Law School Professor Francis Lieber.
War is the exception. The ultimate object of all modern war is a renewed state of peace.
--Francis Lieber, 1863
New York, November 12, 2013—At the height of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed an order governing the conduct of Union forces. Written by Columbia Law School Professor Francis Lieber, the so-called Lieber Code was the first attempt to codify the law of armed conflict—and ultimately influenced international laws of war such as the Hague Conventions. Today, as the U.S. and other nations confront challenges in modern warfare, what can the treatise teach us about the development of international humanitarian law?
This question and more will be the focus of a daylong Nov. 21 conference at Columbia Law School.
The conference will feature a keynote address by U.S. Army Brigadier General Rich Gross, Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Who: Legal scholars and military and humanitarian leaders from around the world:
U.S. Army Brigadier General Rich Gross, Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, keynote speaker
Major General Blaise Cathcart, Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Armed Forces
Martin Zwanenburg, Senior Legal Adviser to the Netherlands Ministry of Defense
Jelena Pejic, Senior Legal Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross
Sir Daniel Bethlehem, Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School and former Legal Adviser to the United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Sir Adam Roberts, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford; Emeritus Fellow, Balliol College, University of Oxford
Columbia Law School ProfessorSarah H. Cleveland, former Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State under President Barack Obama
Columbia Law School Professor Matthew C. Waxman, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs in the Bush Administration; Faculty Chair, Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security
Columbia Law SchoolProfessor Philip C. Bobbitt, a former Senior Director at the National Security Council
Col. (rtd) Dr. Bruce Oswald CSC, Australian Armed Forces; Associate Professor, Melbourne Law School
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
Dapo Akande, University Lecturer in Public International Law and Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC)
Naz Modirzadeh, Senior Fellow, HLS-Brookings Project on Law and Security, Harvard Law School
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