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Upcoming Workshop: Perpetual War and International Law

May 24, 2023

Please note this event takes place on 31 May and 1 June, 13:45–19:45 BST.

For more than two decades, the world has been mired in a perpetual state of war. Despite U.S. President Joe Biden’s declaration before the United Nations in 2021 that the United States was ‘no longer at war’ following its withdrawal from Afghanistan, the United States and its allies continue to wage counterterrorism wars in more than one-third of the world. What does it mean to be at peace – if that is indeed what this is – in an age of perpetual war? How do counterterrorism wars end?

The purpose of this virtual workshop, organised by Just Security in collaboration with the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, is to shift the debate beyond the conceptual frameworks that have dominated the scholarly literature to consider the next phase of the global ‘war on terror’ and how it ends. Over the course of two days, the workshop will bring together leading international lawyers, applied ethicists, and policy experts to present and receive feedback on a series of draft chapters to be published by Oxford University Press in a forthcoming edited volume, Perpetual War and International Law: Legacies of the War on Terror.

Amongst featured panellists is a keynote conversation with Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School and 22nd Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, and Shaheed Fatima KC, a leading barrister at Blackstone Chambers.

Please email Dr Brianna Rosen (brianna.rosen@bsg.ox.ac.uk) with your name and institutional affiliation to register and receive the full programme and joining instructions. Spaces will be allocated on a limited basis to attendees who are willing to read draft chapters in advance.

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