Revisiting the Vietnam War and International Law: Views and Interpretations of Richard Falk
The book “Revisiting the Vietnam War and International Law: Views and Interpretations of Richard Falk” brings up a series of scholarly and critical essays about the legal aspects of the Vietnam War by exploring various crimes committed by the United States against North Vietnam.
In the book, Falk addresses war of aggression, war crimes in bombing civilian targets such as schools and hospitals, using napalm, cluster bombs, and Agent Orange.
Falk, who observed these acts personally in North Vietnam in 1968, uses international law to show how they came about. He argues that only a stronger adherence to international law can save the world from such future tragedies and create a sustainable world order.
The book launch is organised by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in collaboration with the Law Faculty.
14.15-14.20 Welcome and introductory remarks
14.20-14.30 Remarks by the editor
14.30-15.15 Presentation by Richard Falk
15.15-15.25 Coffee Break
16.00-16.30 Open Q/A
About the Speaker
Richard Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice Emeritus, Princeton University and currently Distinguished Research Fellow, Orfalea Center of Global Studies, UCSB. He was UN Special Rapporteur for Occupied Palestine, 2008-2014. In 2017 he co-authored a UN report entitled “Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and Question of Apartheid” that generated controversy and widespread discussion. He is Senior Vice President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He writes a blog on issues of world peace and global justice <richardfalk.wordpress.com> During 2017 he gave talks and lectures in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Turkey, and Lebanon, as well as the United States. In 2018 he will be Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Institute of State Crime, Queen Mary’s University London, UK.
In 1972 he published This Endangered Planet: Prospects and Proposals for Human Survival (Random House, 1972). His most recent book is Revisiting the Vietnam War: the Selected Writing of Richard Falk, ed. Stefan Andersson, Cambridge University Press, 2017. Other recent books are Humanitarian Intervention and Legitimacy Wars (2014), Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope (2015), Chaos & Counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring (2015), Power Shift: On the New Global Order, London, Zed Book, (2016); Waiting for Rainbows (poetry)(2016); Palestine’s Horizon: Towards a Just Peace, London, Pluto, (2017); Exploring Emergent Global Thresholds: Towards 2030 (edited with Manoranjan Mohanty and Victor Faessel) Delhi, (2017).
He has been nominated annually for the Nobel Peace Prize since 2008.
Prof. Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (Research Director at RWI): Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen is Research Director at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and adjunct Professor of Law at Aarhus University. He received his PhD (in international law) from Aarhus University, MSc (in refugee studies) from the University of Oxford and MA (in political science) from the University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on international refugee law, human rights, and the relationship between international law and politics.
Prof. Emeritus of International Law Ove Bring (Stockholm University): Prof. Bring has been a legal adviser at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and has held professorships at the universities of Uppsala and Stockholm and at the Swedish National Defense College. He is a specialist in diplomatic protection, human rights, the law of the UN Charter, peace-keeping and peace enforcement, the law of armed conflict, the law of disarmament and neutrality.
Dr. Markus Gunneflo (Faculty of Law, LU): Dr. Gunneflo’s research deals with the theory and history of international law, particularly in the areas of the use of force, humanitarian law, human rights and migration. Recent significant publication is Targeted Killing: A Legal and Political History (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Looking beyond the events of the second Intifada and 9/11, this book reveals how targeted killing is intimately embedded in both Israeli and United States statecraft and in the problematic relationship between sovereign authority and lawful violence underpinning the modern state system.
Prof. Helle Rydström (Department of Gender Studies, LU): Prof. Rydström is specialized in the anthropology of gender in Asia. Her research examines the ways in which gender informs violence, security, and vulnerability in social life and in sites of conflict and war, on the one hand, and how gendered power relations impact hierarchies, socialization, sexuality, and education, on the other. Rydström has conducted many periods of fieldwork two of which were long-term anthropological fieldwork in a rural northern Vietnamese commune (i.e. 1994-1995 and 2000-2001) while others have been shorter periods (i.e. 1-4 months) which have been carried out in Vietnam, India, and Nepal.