Carmel O’Sullivan: Killing on Command: The Defence of Superior Orders in Modern Warfare

Today at QUT Law School’s lunchtime research seminars, Dr Carmel O’Sullivan presents her PhD research, which examines the extent to which a soldier is liable when following orders. O’Sullivan notes that there are three main answers to this old question: Respondeat superior: a soldier is never liable for illegal acts; the commander is solely responsible.[…]

QUT research seminar: Andrew Garwood-Gowers on The Responsibility to Protect and the Arab Spring

The responsibility to protect is a concept that spans international law and international relations. In basic terms, it’s a political concept that has developed over the last decade or so that seeks to respond to mass crimes. Previously, the concept of sovereignty had shielded governments from outside intervention. As a response to genocide in Rwanda[…]