Anemoon Soete
Guest lectures by Prof. Ashley Deeks on predicting your enemies and self-defence against non-State actors

On Tuesday 5 March 2019Prof. Ashley Deeks will honor  our Law Faculty with a guest lecture on 'the use of predictive algorithms in the US military justice', on which her  research paper is available online. The lecture will take place between 10.30 am and 12 noon at the Law Faculty (Universiteitstraat 4) in auditorium 'Rode Zaal'. 

Shorty after, from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm, Prof. Deeks will participate in a GRILI lunch seminar which will focus on 'the “unable or unwilling” doctrine and the exercise of self-defence against non-State actors’. The seminar will take place in the Faculty Board Room of the Law Faculty (Universiteitstraat 4). Participation is free, but interested persons are requested to signal their attendance to Ms. Kristien Ballegeer (Kristien.Ballegeer@ugent.be).

Ashley Deeks joined the University of Virginia Law School in 2012 as an associate professor of law after two years as an academic fellow at Columbia Law School. Her primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of international law, national security, intelligence and the laws of war. She has written articles on the use of force, executive power, secret treaties, the intersection of national security and international law, and the laws of armed conflict. She is a member of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Law and serves as a senior contributor to the Lawfare blog. Deeks also serves on the boards of editors of the American Journal of International Law and the Journal of National Security Law and Policy. She is the supervising editor for AJIL Unbound, and is a senior fellow at the Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare.

Before joining Columbia in 2010, she served as the assistant legal adviser for political-military affairs in the U.S. State Department's Office of the Legal Adviser, where she worked on issues related to the law of armed conflict, the use of force, conventional weapons, and the legal framework for the conflict with al-Qaida. She also provided advice on intelligence issues. In previous positions at the State Department, Deeks advised on international law enforcement, extradition and diplomatic property questions. In 2005, she served as the embassy legal adviser at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, during Iraq’s constitutional negotiations. Deeks was a 2007-08 Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow and a visiting fellow in residence at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Tom Ruys
Save the date and call for abstracts - Conference on 'military assistance on request'

On Thursday 5 and Friday 6 December 2019, the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law (JUFIL) and the Ghent Rolin-Jaequemyns International Law Institute (GRILI) will host an international conference focusing on ‘military assistance on request’. Having regard to recent third-State interventions in Yemen, Syria and elsewhere, the conference seeks to explore the legal framework governing such interventions, including relevant uncertainties and shortcomings as well as proposals de lege ferenda.

Separate expert panels will be devoted to the ‘authority’ to invite outside intervention, on the one hand, and the permissibility of third-State intervention in situations of civil war, on the other hand. In addition, the organizers are inviting promising scholars in an earlier stage of their academic career to submit an abstract for a dedicated ‘emerging voices’ panel. Abstracts are due by 15 March 2019, and you can find all information here.

The conference is co-organized by Tom Ruys (Ghent University), Chris Henderson (University of Sussex), James Green (University of Reading) and Frederik Dhondt (Free University of Brussels). More information will be posted here as soon as possible.

About the institute

The Ghent Rolin-Jaequemyns International Law Institute is a vibrant research institute, composed of ten faculty members and more than 20 doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. Its activities span the entire realm of public international law, ranging
from the law of armed
conflict and interna-
tional human rights
law, to the law of the
sea, international en-
vironmental law and
international criminal law.

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