Trudeau Lecture at Western explores The Individualization of War

Jennifer Welsh, professor of international relations at the University of Oxford, will present a Trudeau Lecture titled, The Individualization of War: Protection, Liability and Accountability on March 25 at 5:00p.m. in Western University’s Conron Hall.
Professor Welsh, who is also a Fellow of Somerville College and a special adviser to the secretary-general of the United Nations, will examine the dramatic ways in which war has changed since the beginning of the First World War in 1914. In particular, she will argue that individuals – rather than states – have become central to armed conflict today. The lecture will focus on three themes: the increased urgency to protect people caught up in conflict; the enhanced capacity to target particular individuals in war time; and growing efforts to hold individuals accountable for war crimes.
A 2006 Trudeau Fellow, Professor Welsh is the author and editor of a series of works on international relations. She is currently working on an edited work entitled The Responsibility to Prevent: Systemic and Targeted Approaches to Mass Atrocity Prevention.
In July 2013, Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon appointed Professor Welsh his special advisor on the conceptual, political, institutional and operational development of the concept of the responsibility to protect. Her perspectives are regularly sought by publications, conferences and organizations focused on international relations, post-conflict reconstruction and state-building.
WHAT: Trudeau Lecture: Jennifer Welsh
WHEN: March 25, 2014 at 5:00p.m.
WHERE: Western University, Conron Hall, University College 224
The lecture will be followed by a reception.
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