The Minnesota International Center is sponsoring a presentation by world-renowned diplomat and humanitarian, Lloyd Axworthy, on May 21st at Cowles Auditorium on the U's West Bank. They are offering complimentary passes to any interested MLK students and their guests. Interested students should email Sean Donovan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 21; registration 3:30 P; program 4:00 - 5:30 P
WHERE: Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis
COST: MIC members, students and cosponsors $5; Non-members $15
Advance registration requested
Cosponsors: Advocates for Human Rights;
Center for Victims of Torture; Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change; Nonviolent Peaceforce; University of Minnesota Human Rights Program; World without Genocide
The U.S. government is frequently called upon with requests for humanitarian intervention by foreign governments, the international NGO community, and various other groups. As such, many are calling for the U.S. to adopt a "responsibility to protect" doctrine. "R2P", as it has come to be known, raises serious questions about intervention on strictly humanitarian grounds: Is it legal? What are the ethics of using military force in response to human right violations? When and who should intervene? And finally, is it even effective?
On May 21, join the Minnesota International Center for a discussion attempting to answer some of these questions with one of the world's leading experts on humanitarian intervention, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy.
Dr. Axworthy's political career in Canada spanned 27 years, six of which he served in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and over two decades in the Federal Parliament. He has held several Cabinet positions, including a four year tenure as Minister of Foreign Affairs during which he helped to establish the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and the International Criminal Court in 1998. Upon leaving public office, Dr. Axworthy served as Director and CEO of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia before his appointment as The University of Winnipeg's President and Vice-Chancellor in 2004. Humanitarian Intervention