“Dethroning the Bomb: International Law, Human Security and the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons”

4:30 – 6:00pm
Room 320, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
A remarkable outcome of the 2010 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was that the assembled governments expressed “deep concern at the catastrophic human consequences of any use of nuclear weapons” and reaffirmed “the need for all states at all times to comply with applicable international law, including international humanitarian law” governing the conduct of warfare. This seminar will examine whether and how the reassertion of humanitarian values and law, and more broadly the concept of human security, open up a pathway to the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Ambassador (retd) Paul Meyer, Senior Fellow, The Simons Foundation & Fellow in International Security, Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University
Professor Nicholas Grief, Associate Tenant, Doughty Street Chambers & Director of Legal Studies, Kent Law School, UK
Dr. Patricia Lewis, Deputy Director and Scientist-in-Residence, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies
Dr. Randy Rydell, Senior Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs
Visit www.sfu.ca/reserve or call 778-782-7779 to register
This seminar is the public component of the Humanitarian Law, Human Security: the Emerging Paradigm for Non-Use and Elimination of Nuclear Weapons Conference hosted by The Simons Foundation and co-convened by The Simons Foundation and the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA).