Professor Michael Byers Lecture
Professor Michael Byers
Department of Political Science
will be addressing the
Vancouver Institute on
January 19, 2008 at
Lecture Hall No. 2 in the
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre,
University of British Columbia.
Transferring to Torture:
Canada, Human Rights, and Detainees
Dr. Byers holds a Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and
International Law. In addition to being a tenured professor in the
Political Science Department he has served as Academic Director of
the Liu Institute for Global Issues. Dr. Byers' work focuses on the
interaction of international law and politics, particularly with respect
to human rights, international organizations, and the use of military
force and Canada-United States relations. He is a regular contributor
to the London Review of Books and The Globe and
Mail. His most recent book is entitled: Intent for A
Nation. What is Canada For?
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Michael Byers holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Global
Politics and International Law. In addition to being a tenured
professor in Political Science Department he serves as Academic
Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues. ...
Liu Institute for Global Issues faculty page
His work focuses on the interaction of international law and
international politics, especially with regard to international
organizations, the use of military force, the law of the sea,
human rights and Canada-United States relations. ...
Canada Research Chair page
As Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International
Law, Michael Byers will investigate the issues surrounding
the current international "use-of-force regime," that is, the
institutional and legal structures governing the initiation of
armed conflict. After the interventions in Kosovo, Afghanistan,
and Iraq, some have called into question the long-term viability
of such institutions, which are centred around the United Nations.
... Byers will examine the future of Canadian defense policy. At
a time when the existing use-of-force regime is under strain, is
it reasonable to expect Canada to define its military role as
one that is not closely linked to the United States? And just
how close should that linkage be? Must Canada compromise its
traditional commitment to the international rule of law if
allies, most notably the United States, adopt a more "selective"
approach to supporting international institutions? ...