Human Rights Institute Lunch Talk: Democratizing International Law: The Latin American Perspective

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102A
Apr 02
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102A

Speaker: Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg, Assistant Professor, Universidad del PacĂ­fico (Lima, Peru)

International law traditionally recognizes only two valid justifications for the use of force without consent: Security Council authorization and self-defense. Since the 1990s, Western states and scholars have proposed several expansive reinterpretations of this framework. These theories have gained some support by a few powerful states in the Global North with the capacity and inclination to justify military interventions on the basis of these controversial theories. Less well-publicized is the Global South's opposition to these notions. 

Join Peruvian academic and legal expert Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg as he explores Latin America's largely unseen resistance to these notions, explaining why these views have been overlooked and what this means for international law as a core pillar of the international order in an evolving post-colonial world.