The Relevance of the Notion of War in Contemporary International Law


On the occasion of the publication of the book ?War? by Andrew Clapham (OUP 2021), the research cluster International Law at Westminster (ILaW) invites you to discuss the relevance of the concept of war today form jus ad bellum and international humanitarian law perspectives.

According to Clapham, notions about war continue to influence how we conceive rights and obligations in national and international law. Although war has been formally outlawed, states nevertheless continue to claim that they can wage necessary wars of self-defence, engage in lawful killings in war, imprison law-of-war detainees, and attack objects which are said to be part of a war-sustaining economy. Clapham argues that the abolition of war as a permitted institution for settling disputes should lead to the limitations of those belligerent rights that once accompanied states at war.

These challenging findings will be discussed with the help of renowned experts on the law of armed conflict.

Presentations will be given by:

Professor Andrew Clapham (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)
Professor Alejandro Chehtman (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires)
Professor Heike Krieger (Freie Universitat, Berlin)
Professor Naz Modirzadeh (Harvard Law School)
Chair: Dr Marco Longobardo (University of Westminster)

Date and Location

Thursday, December 16, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm