SOAS University of London

Colonialism, Empire and International Law

Society of Legal Scholars Annual Seminar 2018: The Legal Legacies of the 2003 Iraq War

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Various Speakers

Date: 26 March 2018Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 27 March 2018Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: SOAS Room: SOAS

Type of Event: Seminar

There are a limited number of free places, available by application, to those with an interest in the area. Please contact if you wish to apply for a place. Please note only those who have been accepted in advance will be able to attend the seminar.  

Deadline for applications: 14 February 2018.

On 20th March 2003, combat forces from the United Kingdom, United States of America and other coalition nations invaded Iraq. Fifteen years on, the Iraq War still has legal resonance. This two-day seminar, funded by the Society of Legal Scholars, will be hosted jointly by the Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International law at SOAS University of London and the School of Law at the University of Sheffield. The seminar seeks to explore the diverse legal inheritance of the 2003 Iraq War – the manner in which law has been made, and remade, by the conflict; the use of law as both a justification for and a site of resistance against the conflict; and the conflict as a catalyst for legal change.

Speakers include:

  • Keynote speaker: Philippe Sands QC, Professor of Law, University College London and Barrister, Matrix Chambers
  • Nadje Al-Ali, Professor of Gender Studies, SOAS University of London
  • Karine Bannelier-Christakis, Associate Professor of International Law, Université Grenoble Alpes
  • Kirsty Brimelow QC, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Russell Buchan, Senior Lecturer in International Law, University of Sheffield
  • Matt Craven, Professor of International Law, SOAS University of London
  • Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights, London School of Economics
  • Catriona Drew, Lecturer in International Law, SOAS University of London
  • Carla Ferstman, former Director, Redress
  • Erica Gaston, Gates Scholar, University of Cambridge and Non-Resident Fellow, Global Public Policy Institute
  • Kate Grady, Lecturer in Law, SOAS University of London
  • Aeyal Gross, Professor of Law, University of Tel Aviv and SOAS University of London (TBC)
  • Kristin Hausler, Dorset Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • Kevin Heller, Associate Professor in Public International Law, University of Amsterdam
  • Chris Jenks, Associate Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Robert Knox, Lecturer in Law, University of Liverpool
  • Marko Milanovic, Associate Professor in Law, University of Nottingham
  • Mary Ellen O’Connell, Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame
  • Aoife O’Donoghue, Professor of International Law and Global Governance, University of Durham
  • Phoebe Okowa, Professor of Public International Law, Queen Mary University of London
  • Marco Roscini, Professor of International Law, University of Westminster
  • Kimberley Trapp, Senior Lecturer in Public International Law, University College London
  • Gerry Simpson, Professor of Public International Law, London School of Economics
  • Karen Steyn QC, Barrister, 11KBW
  • Beth Van Schaack, Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University and former Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues in the Office of Global Criminal Justice of the US Department of State
  • Steven Wheatley, Professor of Law, Lancaster University