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School of Law

The Erosion of the Civilian 2

14 December 2018

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: Queen Mary University Of London, Law Building Room 313A, Mile End Rd, London, E1 4PE

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This workshop brings together human rights and humanitarian experts, investigative reporters and academics from different disciplines in order to examine the precarious status of civilians and other protected persons in the midst of war. We will discuss the changing nature of warfare (e.g., the increase of urban wars, the use of drones and killer robots, and the prominence of non-state warring parties) and its impact on civilians; the shifting value ascribed to the civilian and how it relates to the signification of space and time; the notion of collateral damage and its transformation overtime; the emergence of new legal figures such as unlawful combatants and human shields and how they affect our conception of the civilian; and, finally, the ethical and political claims accompanying these developments. The workshop continues the conversations held at the University of Edinburgh, “The Erosion of the Civilian #1” on November 16, 2018.



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This event is free but prior booking is required. Register online via Eventbrite.


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