The Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series committee is pleased to start the 2018 – 2019 season with a presentation from James C. Hathaway, the James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Michigan. Professor Hathaway is a leading authority on international refugee law whose work is regularly cited by the most senior courts of the common law world. He is the founding director of Michigan Law’s Program in Refugee and Asylum Law and the Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Refugee Law at the University of Amsterdam. He regularly provides training on refugee law to academic, non-governmental, and official audiences around the world.
Professor Hathaway’s talk is titled, “The False Panacea of ‘Thin’ Protection: Why We Need a Bold Plan to Save Refugee Protection.”
Professor Hathaway’s publications include The Law of Refugee Status (2014), with Michelle Foster; Transnational Law: Cases and Materials (2013), with Mathias Reimann, Timothy Dickinson, and Joel Samuels; Human Rights and Refugee Law (2013); The Rights of Refugees Under International Law (2005); Reconceiving International Refugee Law (1997); and more than 80 journal articles.
He is founding patron and senior adviser to Asylum Access, a nonprofit organization committed to delivering innovative legal aid to refugees in the global South, and counsel on international protection to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.
Regional Nuclear Non-proliferation & Disarmament:
Controls, Defence and Diplomacy
September 20-21, 2018
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Problems regarding nuclear security and non-proliferation continue to raise important legal debates. “The potentially harmful effect of weapons of mass destruction makes it imperative to consider further legal consequences. … there is the need for a paradigm-shift in how we approach, interpret, and apply this area of law, [with]an ever-emerging body of nuclear law, consisting of common rights and obligations binding on all states …. comprised of the content, principles and political objectives of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and includes legislation adopted pursuant to the NPT and the case law of the International Court of Justice.”
– Jonathan Black-Branch, Nuclear Terrorism by States and Non-State Actors: Global Responses to Threats to Military and Human Security in International Law. Journal of Conflict & Security Law(2017) 1-48. Oxford University Press.
We will convene a group of international experts for interdisciplinary discussions regarding various regional and institutional approaches to Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. The Faculty of Law of the University of Manitoba, together with the Committee on Nuclear Weapons, Non-Proliferation and Contemporary International Law of the International Law Association (ILA), in conjunction with the Round Table Strategic Forum on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law, is hosting a second research conference and round table to assess outstanding legal problems with the view to identifying general legal obligations for States to, including principles and rules on the law of nuclear non-proliferation regarding disarmament and non-proliferation and the need for regional solutions to address control of nuclear capacity, including for peaceful purposes and further limitations to conventional weapons under international humanitarian law. Topics will include a wide range of legal issues regarding nuclear developments taking into consideration social, political and economic matters presented by leading international experts for interdisciplinary discussions on emerging problems and solutions to Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.
More information is forthcoming this fall.
Robson Hall’s annual awards ceremony to celebrate the academic achievements of its top scholars.