CCEAE-Université de Montréal
le lundi 10 septembre 2018

Conférence Milos Vec (Vienne)

Notre série "diversité et civilité" continue, avec des conférences en format atelier.

Ouvert à tou(te)s.

Our lecture series on "Diversity and Civility" continues with a selection of seminar presentations.

All are welcome.

Le CCEAE, le IRTG “Diversity" et la Chaire de recherche du Canada en études allemandes et européennes, Université de Montréal, ont le plaisir de vous inviter chaleureusement à la conférence suivante :

« International Lawyers’ Failing. Outlawing Weapons as an Imperfect Project of Classical Law of War »

Conférence de Miloš Vec (Professor of European Legal and Constitutional History, Vienna, and a Permanent Fellow at the IWM), chercheur invité au CCEAE

Quand : Le 10 septembre 2018 (lundi), 16h00 à 18h00

Où : Salle Lothar-Baier (525-6), 5e étage du Pavillon 3744 Jean-Brlllant, Université de Montréal (métro Côte-des-Neiges).

Resumé :

The talk analyses the intersection of the idea of pariah weapons with clashes between moral verdicts and legal bans in the nineteenth century. The industrial revolution and subsequent technological progress gave rise to the production and use of a new range of military weapons. How did international law and lawyers react to this development ? Which legal arguments favored or opposed a ban “uniquely evil” weapons ? The talk will also summarizes and interpretates the writings from the best-known authors of the so-called classical European law of nations, such as Hugo Grotius, Emer de Vattel, and Immanuel Kant, who provided long-lasting standards and criteria for outlawing weapons. The history of international law will be approached from a multi-normative perspective that examines entanglements between legal norms, morality, and social customs (e.g. military honor codes). Finally, I will address how the self-perceptions of nineteenth-century international lawyers and their beliefs in the progress of technology and civilization were tainted by Eurocentrism. In my conclusion, I will suggest how such attitudes contributed to the failure of the project of outlawing weapons ".

Biographie :

Miloš Vec holds the Chair in European Legal and Constitutional History at Vienna University and is a Permanent Fellow at the IWM. In 2011/2012, he was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin. Since 2013, he has been an associate member of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at Frankfurt University. His major publications include : Zeremonialwissenschaft im Fürstenstaat. Studien zur juristischen und politischen Theorie absolutistischer Herrschaftsrepräsentation (Klostermann, 1998) ; Die Spur des Täters. Methoden der Identifikation in der Kriminalistik 1879-1933 (Nomos, 2002) ; Der Campus-Knigge. Von Abschreiben bis Zweitgutachten, co-edited with Bettina Beer et al. (C H Beck 2006) ; Paradoxes of Peace in 19th Century Europe, co-edited with Thomas Hippler (Oxford University Press, 2015) ; The Transformation of Foreign Policy : Drawing and Managing Boundaries, co-edited with Andreas Fahrmeir and Gunther Hellmann (Oxford University Press, 2016). Since 1989, Miloš Vec has also contributed to various publications as a free-lance journalist, particularly to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.