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Ending Atrocities: Keynote Address and Roundtable

  • Datum: –17.30
  • Plats: Brusewitz Hall, Campus Gamla Torget, Östra Ågatan 19, Uppsala
  • Föreläsare: Professor Alex Bellamy (University of Queensland, Australia), Associate Professor Courtney Hillebrecht (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA), Associate Professor Jessica Stanton (University of Minnesota, USA), Associate Professor Jacob Kathman (SUNY, Buffalo, USA), Associate Professor Lisa Hultman (Uppsala University)
  • Arrangör: Organized by the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University and funded jointly by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice
  • Kontaktperson: Kajsa Tidblad Lundholm
  • Föreläsning

The Ending Atrocities workshop (15-16 June 2018) gathers some 30 international scholars with a diverse set of approaches to the question of how to put an end to atrocities against civilians. In the public event of the workshop, we welcome you to join the conversation on the impact and challenges of different intervention types and draw insights from the case of Syria.

Recent decades have seen a norm shift, emphasizing the responsibility of the international community in ensuring human security when states fail to protect their citizens. There are high expectations on the international community to respond to killings and sexual violence against civilians. Nevertheless, there is seldom agreement as to what the best and most effective response would be. The international community may choose from a wide set of strategies to address human suffering: forceful military interventions, impartial peacekeeping operations, sanctions, and diplomatic efforts. But which policy is more likely to succeed in ending atrocities? The Ending Atrocities workshop (15-16 June 2018) gathers some 30 international scholars with a diverse set of approaches to the question of how to put an end to atrocities against civilians. In the public event of the workshop, we welcome you to join the conversation on the impact and challenges of different intervention types and draw insights from the case of Syria.

Program Friday 15 June

15.00–16.00: Keynote address by Prof. Alex Bellamy
Theme: “The Betrayal of Syria: Civil War, Mass Atrocities, and the Failure to Protect”

Alex Bellamy is Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at University of Queensland, Australia. He is also Non-Resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute, New York. His recent books include Responsibility to Protect: A Defence (Oxford, 2014), Providing Peacekeepers (Oxford, 2013, with Paul D. Williams) and Massacres and Morality (Oxford, 2012).

16.00–17.30: “Ending Atrocities: The impact and challenges of different intervention types”
Roundtable with Alex Bellamy, Courtney Hillebrecht, Jessica Stanton, and Jacob Kathman (chair: Lisa Hultman)

Courtney Hillebrecht is Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA. Author of Domestic Politics and International Human Rights Tribunals: The Problem of Compliance (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Jessica Stanton is Associate Professor of Political Science at Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, USA. Author of the book Violence and Restraint in Civil War: Civilian Targeting in the Shadow of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Jacob Kathman is Associate Professor of Political Science at SUNY, Buffalo, USA. Author of numerous articles on peacekeeping, including “United Nations Peacekeeping and Civilian Protection in Civil War” (American Journal of Political Science, 2013, with Lisa Hultman and Megan Shannon).


Lisa Hultman is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University and Wallenberg Academy Fellow. Project leader of the Ending Atrocities Research Project.

This event is funded jointly by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice. If you want to know more about this event, please contact kajsa.tidblad.lundholm@pcr.uu.se.