Lest We Forget: Canada and the Laws of War


November 10, 2005 :: Michael Byers
Moderated by Gordon Campbell

In September 2005, Canadian soldiers captured several suspected
terrorists in southern Afghanistan. They immediately transferred the
suspects to US custody. Given what we now know about the gross
mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib Prison, Bagram Air Base and
Guantanamo Bay, it''s likely that the transfers violated Canada''s
obligations under the 1949 Geneva Conventions and 1984 Torture Convention.

In this provocative talk, UBC professor Michael Byers explains how
previous generations of Canadians led the struggle for international
rules protecting soldiers and civilians. He argues that Canadians should
still care deeply about the rules, and that recent violations must not
be tolerated.

Speaker: Dr. Michael Byers

Dr. Byers is a former resident of Lethbridge and graduate of Lethbridge
Collegiate Institute who holds a Canada Research Chair in Global
Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia.

Prior to July 2004, he was a tenured Professor of Law and Director of
Canadian Studies at Duke University. From 1996-1999, he was a Fellow of
Jesus College, Oxford University. He is a regular contributor to the
London Review of Books and Globe and Mail, and is the author, most
recently, of War Law: Understanding International Law and Armed Conflict
(Douglas & McIntyre, 2005).

A reception will follow this presentation. Copies of Dr Byers’s latest
book will be available for sale.

Moderator: Gordon Campbell

Location: Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery, 810 5th Ave. S.
Start time: 7:00 p.m.
Admission: By donation

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