Schedule & Required Readings

Friday, April 11, 2014

8:45 – 9:10 a.m.

Breakfast
Silverman 147

9:10 – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Session 1 – Combatants, Civilians and Culpability in the Jus in Bello

Silverman 147
Moderator: Claire Finkelstein
Readings:

  1. Gabriella Blum, The Dispensable Lives of Soldiers, 2 Journal of Legal Analysis 115 2010 (pp. 115, 121-132, 140-150)
  2. Saba Bazargan, Partially Culpable Combatants (Abstract)
  3. Helen Frowe, Combatants, Non-combatants and Opportunistic Killings (Abstract)
  4. Ian Fishback, The Common Defense Paradigm: A Moral Approach to the Culpable Threat Problem (Abstract)

10:30– 10:45 a.m.

Break

10:45 – 12:00 p.m.

Session 2 – Necessity, Humanity and the Principle of Distinction

Silverman 147
Moderator: Larry May
Readings:

  1. International Committee of the Red Cross, Interpretive Guidance on Direct Participation in Hostilities (Section IX)
  2. Larry May, Humanity, Necessity, and the Rights of Soldiers (Abstract)
  3. Janina Dill, The Three Meanings of Military Necessity in Contemporary IHL [Abstract only]
  4. Jens Ohlin,  Recapturing the Concept of Necessity

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Address:
M. Cherif Bassiouni
Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Law, DePaul University
President Emeritus, International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University

Levy Conference Room, Silverman 245

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Session 3 – Reframing Proportionality:  Military Advantage and Collateral Damage

Silverman 147
Moderator: Jens Ohlin
Readings:

  1. Michael Newton and Larry May, Proportionality in International Law, chapter 6: “Proportionality in Human Rights Law and Morality,” pp. 121-155, Oxford UP, 2014
  2. Jeff McMahan, Proportionate Defense (Abstract)
  3. Adil Ahmad Haque, A Theory of Jus in Bello Proportionality (Abstract)
  4. Jovana Davidovic, Proportionality in War: A Return to Traditional Jus in Bello Conditions? (Abstract)

2:45– 4:30 p.m.

Break and Travel to Chestnut Hill to the Home of Professor Claire Finkelstein

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Session 4 – Ethical, Legal and Psychological Challenges of Combatancy


Moderator: Stephen Xenakis
Readings:

  1. Michael Newton, Charging War Crimes: Policy & Prognosis from a Military Perspective
  2. Kevin Govern, The Legal Way Ahead Between War And Peace(Abstract)
  3. Jessica Stern, Denial (Chapter 12, pg. 234-251)
  4. Barry Schaller, Veterans on Trial (Chapter 7, pg.121-135)
  5. David Grossman, On Killing (Section II)
  6. The Washington Post, A legacy of pain and pride (March 29, 2014)

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception
The home of Professor Claire Finkelstein

7:00 p.m.

Dinner Address: Major General Michael E. Dunlavey

Saturday, April 12, 2014

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Breakfast
Silverman 147

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Session 5 – Weighing Lives:  Force Protection versus Enemy Civilians

Silverman 147
Moderator: Sharon Lloyd
Readings:

  1. G. E. M. Anscombe, War and Murder, (1961)
  2. Jeff McMahan,  The Just Distribution of Harm Between Combatants and Noncombatants Philosophy and Pub. Aff. 38, No. 4, 342 (2010) (Abstract)
  3. Ziv Bohrer and Mark Osiel, Proportionality in Military Force at War’s Multiple Levels: Averting Civilian Casualties vs. Safeguarding Soldiers
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Session 6 – Weighing Lives: Lawful versus Unlawful Combatants

Silverman 147
Moderator: Michael Lewis
Readings:

  1. Duncan MacIntosh, The Enemy We Dare Not Kill in the War We Must Not Lose: The Inverted Battlefield Moral Logic of the Justly Fought War On Terror [Extended Abstract and Paper]
  2. Jonathan O. Todd, Bringing Guidance to Executive Decisions about Combatancy (Abstract)
  3. Nathaniel Berman, Privileging Combat? Contemporary Conflict and the Legal Construction of War, 43 Colum. J. Transnat”l L. 1, 2004 (pp 1-15, 37-55)
  4. Lt. Col. Joseph Bialke, Al-Qaeda & Taliban Unlawful Combatant Detainees, Unlawful Belligerency , and the International Laws of Armed Conflict. 55 A.F. L. Rev. 1, 2004 (pp 1-24, 41-68)
  5. Geoffrey Corn, Thinking the Unthinkable: Has the Time Come to Offer Combatants Immunity to Non-State Actors? 22 Stan. L. & Pol’y Rev. 253, 2010

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch Address::
Yoram Dinstein, Professor Emeritus, Tel Aviv University
“The Different Connotations of Proportionality in the Law of Armed Conflict”

Levy Conference Room, Silverman 245

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.

Session 7 – Weighing Lives: The Value of Soldiers Lives versus the Morality of Humanitarian Intervention

Silverman 147
Moderator: Duncan MacIntosh
Readings:
  1. Charles Dunlap, Kosovo,Causality Aversion, and the American Military Ethos: A Perspective, 10 U.S. AIR FORCE ACAD. J. LEGAL STUD. (2000).
  2. Ian Fishback, The Common Defense Paradigm: A Moral Approach to the Culpable Threat Problem (pp 19- 27, 46-56) (Abstract)
  3. Daniel Baer, The Ultimate Sacrifice and the Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention