Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Write On! 21st C. military challenges/New Zealand

(Write On! is an occasional item about notable calls for papers)

Papers are being sought for Military Discipline in the 21st Century: the challenges of a new era, an international colloquium to be held August 31 and September 1, 2011, at Royal New Zealand Naval Base - Marae, Auckland. Sponsoring the conference is the Armed Forces Law Association of New Zealand, in association with the the New Zealand & Australian Armed Forces Law Review.
As detailed in the full call for papers, the colloquium will address challenges in military discipline in light of the rise of conflicts that are asymmetrical, not limned by borders, and involving both state and nonstate actors. The call states in part:
'Often deployed in circumstances where opposing combatants have little to no regard for the Hague or Geneva Conventions, the modern soldier will often be encumbered with obligations that are not reciprocated. However, not only are modern military forces charged with protecting human rights and maintaining the laws of war, but they must also maintain strict discipline within their own rank and file. Sexual crimes perpetrated by UN peacekeepers for example has become a significant issue, not only for the victims of such crime (including host states), but also for the UN and contributing states.'
Papers addressing such issues, from any number of academic disciplines, are welcome. Sample topics:
► The role of the military as enforcers of human rights;
► Instilling military discipline within the 21st century;
► Soldiers as human beings;
► Soldiers as criminal actors;
► Individual versus State responsibility for criminal wrongdoing; and
► Domestic application of human rights norms in military discipline regimes.
Deadline for submissions of 250-word-or-fewer abstracts is June 15, 2012. Send them to the conference convenor, Dr Chris Gallavin, Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury School of Law in Christchurch, New Zealand, at chris.gallavin@canterbury.ac.nz.

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