Can ‘Terrorists’ Make ‘Law’ and Do ‘Justice’?

12:00-1:00 p.m.
WCC 3016

Please join us for a talk by Ben Saul, Challis Professor of International Law and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of Sydney who is currently Visiting Faculty at Harvard Law School.

Non-state armed groups are commonly perceived as lawless entities that rule out of the barrel of a gun. Based on interviews with “terrorist” groups from Algeria to Colombia to Syria, this book-in-progress challenges these assumptions and finds that armed groups are often bursting with (illicit) law and legal institutions, whether to discipline their fighters, control populations, resolve private disputes, or tax commerce. This research has implications not only for improving human rights under insurgent rule, but also for how the world ought to engage (or not) with ‘terrorist’ governance.

Lunch will be served.