The Liberal Agenda: Collateral Damage: Investigating Civilian Casualties

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Event details:

Date: Monday 16 July 2018
Venue: OGGB5 (260-051), Level 0, Owen G Glenn Building
Time: 5.30pm

Civilians continue to suffer as a result of war. While some of these deaths and injuries may be entirely accidental or dismissed as the inevitable cost of war, others are the result of deliberate attacks on the civilian population or the excessive use of force, so could qualify as war crimes.

This roundtable will consider the challenges investigating collateral damage in contemporary conflict, bringing together a panel of experts who all have direct experience investigating war crimes, prosecuting the cases, and campaigning for the victims.

Panel of Experts:

• Marc Garlasco – Former senior military advisor on the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria
• Thomas Nash – Co-founder of New Zealand Alternative and Adjunct Lecturer, Massey University
• Associate Professor Treasa Dunworth – University of Auckland, Faculty of Law
• Deborah Manning – Barrister and Law Honours graduate from the University of Auckland.

Event details:

Date: Monday 16 July 2018
Venue: OGGB5 (260-051), Level 0, Owen G Glenn Building
Time: 5.30pm

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2 Comments

  1. Helena says:

    I would be interested to know if any of these distinguished people can explain the statement made to the United Nations by the Syrian Ambassador that the “moderate rebels” have been genetically modified.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q1MJa517Ic

  2. Brigid says:

    Marc Garlasco, according to wikipedia:

    “In 2003, Garlasco was responsible for dropping two, laser-guided, 500-kilogram bombs on a house in the Tuwaisi, neighborhood of Basra, Iraq, that he believed to contain Saddam Hussein’s cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as Chemical Ali, the man responsible for launching poison gas attacks on Kurds in Iraq beginning in 1988.[1] Watching the attack via satellite form a room in the Pentagon, Garlasco threw his arms in the air and shouted: “I just blew up Chemical Ali!” However, Chemical Ali was not in the house; 17 other people were killed instead”
    “United Nations
    Beginning in 2011, Garlasco served as senior civilian protection officer for United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).[7] Heading the UN’s Protection of Civilians office, Garlasco monitored civilian casualty rates, and admonished Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar to refrain from using mines.[7] In early 2012, as the U.N. senior military advisor for the Human Rights Council’s (HRC) Independent Commission of Inquiry on Libya, he investigated civilian casualties while leading a survey of NATO’s activities in Libya.[8”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Garlasco
    Interesting fellow, though I don’t think he has any experience of Syria.