King’s Con­sti­tu­tion Day Lec­ture Thu. to ex­plore hu­man rights, in­ter­na­tional laws on use of force

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WILKES-BARRE — Mary Ellen

O’ Con­nell, Robert and Mar­ion Short

Pro­fes­sor of Law and re­search pro­fes­sor of In­ter na­tional Dispute Res­o­lu­tion at the Univer­sity of

Notre Dame, will ex­plore the con­cepts of hu­man rights and un­law­ful use of mil­i­tary force dur­ing a Con­sti­tu­tion Day Lec­ture at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Burke Au­di­to­rium at King’s Col­lege.

This lec­ture, which dou­bles as the an­nual Bar­bara Sabol Memorial Lec­ture, is spon­sored by the col­lege’ s McGowan Cen­ter for Ethics and So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity and His­tory De­part­ment and the Peace and Jus­tice Cen­ter of Wilkes-Barre.

In a free pub­lic lec­ture, ti­tled “Re-es­tab­lish­ing Law Over War,” O’Con­nell will ex­am­ine drone at­tacks out­side a war zone, “Jus ad Bel­lum” and hu­man rights laws, the se­duc­tion of high­tech weaponry and pro­pos­als to re­store law over war.

O’Con­nell’s re­search is in the ar­eas of in­ter­na­tional law on the use of force. She is the au­thor or ed­i­tor of nu­mer­ous books and ar­ti­cles, in­clud­ing “The Pro­hi­bi­tion of the Use of Force,” ”Un­law­ful Killing with Com­bat Drones, A Case Study of Pak­istan 2004-2009,” “Cy­ber Se­cu­rity With­out Cy­ber War,” and “The Power and Pur­pose of In­ter­na­tional Law: In­sights from the The­ory and Prac­tice of En­force­ment.”

She tes­ti­fied be­fore the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee on “Pro­tect­ing U.S. Cit­i­zens’ Con­sti­tu­tional Rights Dur­ing the War on Ter­ror” in May 2013.

O’Con­nell has been named a se­nior law fel­low at the Cen­ter for The­o­log­i­cal In­quiry in Prince­ton for 2014-15. She pre­vi­ously served as vice pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of In­ter na­tional Law from 2010-12 and chaired the Use of Force Com­mit­tee of the In­ter na­tional Law As­so­ci­a­tion from 2005-2010.

Be­fore join­ing the fac­ulty at Notre Dame, O’Con­nell was a fac­ulty mem­ber at Ohio State Univer­sity, Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity Nitze School of Ad­vanced In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies Bologna Cen­ter, and In­di­ana Univer­sity.

From 1995 to 1998, she was a pro­fes­sional mil­i­tary ed­u­ca­tor for the U.S. De­part­ment of De­fense in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Ger many. Prior to join­ing the acad­emy, she prac­ticed law with the Wash- in­g­ton, D.C.-based in­ter na­tional law firm, Cov­ing­ton & Burl­ing.

O’Con­nell’s work, par­tic­u­larly on the use of drones, has ap­peared in mul­ti­ple news sources, in­clud­ing the Chris­tian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Jour­nal, In­ter na­tional Busi­ness Times, Wired, CNN.com, CBS News, NPR and NBC.

The Bar­bara Sabol Memorial Lec­ture is named for a found­ing mem­ber of the Peace and Jus­tice Cen­ter who died in 1997. The Peace and Jus­tice Cen­ter is NEPA’s in­ter­faith re­source cen­ter for is­sues of peace and jus­tice.

The Burke Au­di­to­rium is lo­cated in the Wil­liam G. McGowan School of Busi­ness on North River Street. Park­ing will be avail­able in on-cam­pus lots.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Dr. Bernard Prusak, di­rec­tor of the McGowan Cen­ter for Ethics and Soc ia l Re­spon­si­bil­ity, at 570-2085900, ext. 5689, or email Bernard Prusak@ kings .edu.

MARY ELLEN O’CON­NELL

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