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Dr. Jonathan Black-Branch, U of M's Dean of Law, was a visiting scholar this August at Adelaide Law School in Australia.

Dr. Jonathan Black-Branch, U of M's Dean of Law, was a visiting scholar this August at Adelaide Law School in Australia. Photo by Adelaide Law School.

U of M Dean of Law plays major role at 2018 International Law Association Conference

August 31, 2018 — 

Dr. Jonathan Black-Branch, Dean of the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law, had a number of roles to play at the International Law Association’s (ILA) 78th Biennial conference that took place in Sydney, Australia from August 19 to 24, 2018. This edition of the conference, hosted by the Australian Branch of the ILA, focused on the theme of “Developing International Law in Challenging Times.”

At the conference, Black-Branch, presented a report as the Chair of the ILA Committee on Nuclear Weapons, Non-Proliferation and Contemporary International Law of the ILA. The report was the fourth in a series, with this one being focused on Legal Aspects of the Use of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes. Dr. Black-Branch, together with Dr. Dieter Fleck, former Director of International Agreements and Policy of the German Ministry of Defence, also held a Round Table under the Strategic Forum on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law entitled: Pathways to Disarmament. This round table was an open forum for all members of the international legal community to attend.

Drs. Black-Branch and Fleck are co-editors of a book series, Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law, published by Asser Press. This September 20 – 21, they and a number of members of the International legal community who specialize in research surrounding nuclear security and non-proliferation will present papers at a second conference to be held in Winnipeg at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, on Regional Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament: Controls, Defence and DiplomacyThe conference is being hosted by the Faculty of Law of the University of Manitoba, together with the Committee on Nuclear Weapons, Non-Proliferation and Contemporary International Law of the ILA, in conjunction with the Round Table Strategic Forum on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law.

Also while he was “down under,” Dr. Black-Branch was a visiting professor at The Adelaide Law School. The Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics (RUMLAE) hosted his presentation on “The Effectiveness of International Law to Govern Nuclear Non-Proliferation.” Please read a summary of his presentation on the Adelaide Law School website.

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