“Banning Cluster Munitions: Challenges to Implementing a New Disarmament Treaty”

 April 11, 2011
12:00- 1:15 pm
Pound Hall 201

Lunch will be served

In August 2010, the Convention on Cluster Munitions became the most significant disarmament treaty to enter into force in a decade.  The question now is: will the Convention achieve its goal of eliminating cluster munitions and the harm they cause to civilians?

This panel will examine the major challenges the Convention faces, including attracting new states parties, promoting strong implementation and interpretation, and dealing with opposition from the United States and other key
military powers.  The panel will include four experts who have been actively engaged in the process to ban cluster munitions: Bonnie Docherty of the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School; Mark Hiznay of Human Rights Watch; Zach Hudson of the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines; and Earl Turcotte, former Canadian diplomat and treaty negotiator.

This event is being co-sponsored by the Harvard Immigrant and Refugee Clinic, the Harvard Law School Forum, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, Harvard International Affairs Council, Harvard National Security and Law Association and HLS Advocates for Human Rights.