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Existing Legal Limits to Security Council Veto During Mass Atrocities

Nov 2, 2020

Prominent experts were brought together for a discussion of Jennifer Trahan‘s new book, Existing Legal Limits to Security Council Veto Power in the Face of Atrocity Crimes (CUP 2020). In the book, she argues that the way the veto power of the permanent members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council is being used -especially in the face of ongoing genocide, war crimes, or crimes against humanity- is out of line with key obligations of existing international law. This was a timely and provocative discussion of a profoundly bold and innovative book that stands poised potentially to offer a solution to one of the UN’s most pressing conundrums: political blockage at its highest level, on the UN Security Council.

  • Panellists included:Jennifer Trahan, Clinical Professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and Director of the Concentration in International Law and Human Rights
  • Federica D’Alessandra, Executive Director of the Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
  • Marc Weller, Chair of International Law and International Constitutional Studies at the University of Cambridge
  • Jennifer Welsh, Canada 150 Research Chair in Global Governance and Security and Director of the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS) at McGill University; Co-Founder of ELAC.

This event was co-sponsored co-hosted by the Centre for Geopolitics at the University of Cambridge and the Oxford Programme for International Peace and Security. More information about can be found here.