Ethics and War Series: "Asymmetrical Wars: The Three Hardest Questions" David Luban

David Luban is University Professor and Professor of Law and Philosophy at Georgetown University. He has written extensively on topics in just war theory, international criminal law, professional ethics, legal philosophy, and issues growing out of the War on Terror, particularly torture and the mistreatment of detainees.  Luban’s books include Lawyers and Justice, Legal Modernism, Legal Ethics and Human Dignity and, most recently, International and Transnational Criminal Law (with Julie O’Sullivan and David P. Stewart).  Luban has testified before both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on the role of lawyers in US torture policy.  He has been the Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Stanford Law School, and in 2011 he will be a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University.

This talk focuses on the "three hardest questions" which, according to Luban, are:  1. When do civilians count as direct participants in hostilities? 2. How should state armies deal with voluntary human shields? 3. How much risk should soldiers assume to protect innocent "enemy" civilians?

David Luban


The Ethics and War series is sponsored by:

The McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society
The Stanford Humanities Center 
The Center for International Security and Cooperation [CISAC] 
The Stanford Creative Writing Program
The Program on Human Rights 
Stanford Summer Theater
The Program on Global Justice
Stanford Continuing Studies
Taube Center for Jewish Studies 
Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (SiCa)
The John S. Knight Fellowship Program 

Thursday, February 10, 2011. 5:30 PM.
Approximate duration of 1.5 hour(s).
Annenberg Auditorium, 435 Lasuen Mall (Map)
General Public
Lecture / Reading
The McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society

This event is free and open to the public.


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