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Globallaw@city Research Dialogue Series - UN Law Global Law? Views from theory, fieldwork and practice.



Series: Globallaw@city

This session reflects on the concept of whether UN law is global law? How do we make sense of the local and global, and the question of accountability. How do practitioners and scholars of transnational law reflect upon UN experts attempts to make sense of accountability, responsibility and the place of law in the global legal order in respect of one of the most difficult humanitarian crises of all times?  City discussants from transnational law, public law, international human rights practice and global governance reflect upon the broader principles at stake in Haiti, as one of the most challenging international crises in its region and beyond of all times.

Talk abstract:

The Law of the UN as Global Law. The Haiti Case Study

The appointment of a new United Nations Secretary-General brings new opportunities to address issues that have beset the Organisation over recent years or even decades. A priority in that regard should be accountability for harms caused by or within peacekeeping operations. This issue has received significant attention over recent years, with scrutiny of mass harms caused by the UN – from cholera in Haiti to lead poisoning in Kosovo – and of sexual abuse perpetrated by peacekeepers. While legal scholarship in recent years has focused on how to reform UN accountability, the focus has remained on outdated laws and frameworks. In this talk I will set out why a new approach is needed, and one that centres upon the human rights of victims. I will explain the historical reasons for the complex and deficient laws governing harms caused during peacekeeping operations, the ways in which those laws ought to operate and what occurs in practice, the problems with previous reform proposals, and the need for a holistic and human rights-based approach to be adopted when creating and implementing laws and policies.

Speakers and Discussants:

  • Speaker: Professor Rosa Freedman, Inaugural Chair of Law, Conflict and Global Development, University of Reading
  • Speaker: Dr Devika Hovell, Associate Professor in Public International Law, London School of Economics
  • Discussant: Dr Elaine Fahey, Reader in Law and Associate Dean, City, University of London,
  • Discussant: Nikki Walsh Senior Lecturer City Law School, City, University of London
  • Chair: Dr Ioannis Kalpouzos, Lecturer in Law, City, University of London

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4.00pm - 6.00pmTuesday 9th May 2017

AG03 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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