International scholar to discuss war on terror, battlefield rules

Detainees in orange jumpsuits sit in a holding area under the watchful eyes of Military Police at Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Jan. 11, 2002. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st class Shane T. McCoy, U.S. Navy via Department of Defense.)

President George W. Bush first used the phrase “war on terror” in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in discussing the international military campaign against al-Qaida and other militant groups. Fast forward to 2012, and the language has been phased out by his successor President Barack Obama’s administration.

Robert Barnidge, Jr., a lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, will discuss these changes and more in his talk “International Law, the War on Terror, and New Modes of Conflict: What Rules Apply?” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Student Government Association Chamber at the Millennium Student Center at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

His lecture will touch upon the international legal implications of the American detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the torture debate and the use of targeted killings against suspected militants.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception begins at 7 p.m. The discussion is the Dr. Edwin Fedder Annual Lecture in Foreign and International Affairs at UMSL, and sponsored by International Studies and Programs at UMSL.


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