Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 6:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Gaza-Israel: The Legal and the Military View

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, General Sir Nick Parker KCB CBE

‘War Crimes’ – do we use the term too casually? Commentators have usually assumed the Israel-Palestine armed conflict might be lawful, even if individual incidents on both sides attracted condemnation. But is that assumption right? May the conflict lack legality, on one or both sides?

The 2014 Israeli-Gaza conflict allows exploration of some of the underlying issues. General Nick Parker explains how he advised Geoffrey Nice to approach the conflict’s legality from a military point of view. Geoffrey Nice explains what conclusions he then reached. Were war crimes committed by either side? 

This lecture will be followed by extended discussion with a panel of experts. Ends 8pm.

 

A short introduction to the topic of this lecture is offered in the following short video by Professor Geoffrey Nice:

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Sir Geoffrey Nice QC has practised as a barrister since 1971.  He worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia – the ICTY – between 1998 and 2006 and led the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević, former President of Serbia.   Much of his work since has been connected to cases before the permanent International Criminal Court – Sudan, Kenya, Libya – or  pro bono for victims groups – Iran, Burma, North Korea – whose cases cannot get to any international court.  He works for several related NGO’s and lectures and commentates in the media in various countries on international war crimes issues.  He has been a part-time judge since 1984 sitting at the Old Bailey and has sat as judge in other jurisdictions, tribunals and inquiries.  Between 2009 and 2012 he was Vice-Chair of the Bar Standards Board, the body that regulates barristers.

The six free public law lectures for 2013/14 Sir Geoffrey delivered as Gresham Professor of Law included four lectures on how legal process can fail the citizen in armed conflict, one explaining advocacy work in courts, and a final lecture covering recent legal changes.

The first five of his 2012-13 lectures dealt with issues arising from the work of international criminal courts and tribunals.  The sixth contrasted the practice of law in international criminal courts where there is little or no effective regulation of lawyers and judges with the present working practices of the English Bar.

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC continues his Law series in the 2015/16 academic year, entitled 'Law and Lawyers - not all bad?'.

Professor Nice's previous lecture series are as follows:

2015/16 Law and Lawyers - not all bad?
2014/15 From Human Rights to Srebrenica
2013/14 Law Lectures by Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
2012/13 International Criminal Courts

All of Professor Nice's past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.

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Commander in Chief Land Forces for the British Army from 2010 until 2013, General Sir Nick Parker has held senior operational tour posts including: UK Joint Task Force and advisor to the President of Sierra Leone in 2001; Deputy Commanding General (UK) Multi-National Corps Iraq from August 2005 to February 2006; GOC Northern Ireland, 2006 to 2007; and Deputy Commander for the International Security Assistance Force (DCOM ISAF) in Afghanistan 2009 and 2010.

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7 October 2015

Gaza-Israel: The Legal and the Military View
Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
General Sir Nick Parker KCB CBE

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