Armed Conflict and the Voice of the Law

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm EST
Event Location: 
Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, John N. Paterson Auditorium, PACI
Event Fee: 
Free. Everyone one is welcome.
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu
Event Contact Phone: 
(807) 343-8341
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How does the law apply in times of armed conflict? LCol Bolt will argue that domestic and international legal frameworks have developed for such circumstances: from the law of the Crown prerogative providing the means by which the government may deploy Canadian Armed Forces units, to the international law on the use of force, the law of armed conflict, and international human rights law, the law is not silent in times of war, it speaks. While the realities of modern warfare can strain existing frameworks and there is always scope to improve the law, it is unwise to reject these frameworks as antiquated or legally inapplicable.
This presentation is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by the Department of History, Canadian International Council - Thunder Bay Branch, and the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.
Speakers Bio: Based in Winnipeg as the Assistant Judge Advocate General for the Prairie Region, LCol Bolt leads a team providing legal advice and services to Canadian Armed Forces units in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Western Ontario, including the Headquarters of 1 Canadian Air Division and Canadian NORAD region. A graduate of the University of Toronto Law School, he was called to the Ontario bar in 2000, and holds a LL.M. with an international law specialism from the University of Cambridge. Prior to taking up his current duties, LCol Bolt served in a variety of positions within the Office of the JAG, including as Director of International and Operational Law. He has twice deployed as legal advisor in support of operational units: in Bosnia and in Afghanistan.