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May 2018

NZLF's 2018 Distinguished Visiting Fellow - International Humanitarian Law expert Professor Tim McCormack from University of Tasmania

PROFESSOR TIM MCCORMACK is visiting New Zealand during July and August as the New Zealand Law Foundation’s 2018 Distinguished Visiting Fellow. While in New Zealand he will be hosted by the Faculty of Law at the University of Canterbury and tour all law schools giving staff seminars and public lectures.

Photo of Professor Tim McCormack 2018 New Zealand Law Foundation Distinguished Visiting FellowProfessor McCormack is Dean of the Law School at the University of Tasmania and a Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Law School. He is also the Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and a Director of World Vision Australia.

He has held a number of significant appointments including:
– Fulbright Senior Fellow to take up the positions of James Barr Ames Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School (Jan 2016) and as Charles H Stockton Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island (2015-16)
– International Observer (with Lord David Trimble) of Phase II of the Government of Israel’s Turkel Commission of Enquiry into Israel’s Mechanisms for Investigating Alleged Violations of the Law of Armed Conflict, Jerusalem (2011-2013)
– Foundation Australian Red Cross Professor of International Humanitarian Law at Melbourne Law School (1996-2010)
– Law of War Expert Adviser to the Defence Team for David Hicks, US Military Commissions, Guantanamo Bay (2004-2007)
Amicus Curiae on International Law issues for the Trial of Slobodan Milosevic, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague (2002-2006).

Topics for Professor McCormack’s public lectures and staff seminars while in New Zealand:

  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Are We Asking Too Much of the International Criminal Court?
  • Does International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Protect Members on One’s Own Armed Forces?: Critiquing the ICC Appeals Chamber Decision in Ntaganda
  • Chemical Weapons and Other Atrocities: Contrasting Responses to the Syrian Crisis
  • Australia’s War Crimes Trials 1945-51
  • The Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations.

Dates and details for Professor McCormack’s public lectures:

– University of Waikato: Thurs 12th July, 6pm, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato.
Topic: Chemical Weapons and Other Atrocities: Contrasting Responses to the Syrian Crisis

– University of Auckland / AUT: Tues 17th July, 6pm, Room 3.16, Stone Lecture Theatre, University of Auckland Law School.
Topic: Chemical Weapons and Other Atrocities: Contrasting Responses to the Syrian Crisis

– Victoria University of Wellington: Thurs 26th July, 6pm, Lecture Theatre 1, Old Government Buildings, 55 Lambton Quay, VUW Law School, Wellington.
Topic: Chemical Weapons and Other Atrocities: Contrasting Responses to the Syrian Crisis

– University of Canterbury: Thurs 2nd Aug 6pm, Lecture Theatre 108, Ground Floor, Meremere Building, UC.
Topic: Chemical Weapons and Other Atrocities: Contrasting Responses to the Syrian Crisis

– University of Otago:Tues 7th Aug 5.30pm, Moot Court, Richardson Building, University of Otago Law School.
Topic: Chemical Weapons and Other Atrocities: Contrasting Responses to the Syrian Crisis

Further information about Professor McCormack and the lecture topics
Professor Tim McCormack’s University of Tasmania profile page

Each year the Law Foundation provides up to $40,000 towards the visit of the NZLF’s Distinguished Visiting Fellow

 

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