School of Law
University of New England
2023 Kirby Seminar series

Thursday 18th May, 12.00pm AEST

Lewis Seminar Room, W38 EBL Building or via Zoom

Collective Security in the 21st Century:

Lessons from Ukraine and Russia

Dr Christopher Ward SC, Honorary Professor

College of Law, Australian National University


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In this Kirby Seminar, Dr Christopher Ward SC will address the systematic inadequacies of the UN Charter system and the opportunities for renewal and development. The war in Ukraine has highlighted the inability of the security structures established almost 80 years ago to meet the challenge of aggression instigated by permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Chris Ward is a Senior Counsel of the New South Wales Bar. He is the Head of Chambers of 6 St James Hall Chambers in Sydney and is an Associate Member of 3 Verulam Buildings Chambers in Gray’s Inn, London.  He is an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, Canberra.  Between 2018-2020 he was the global President of the International Law Association. He practises primarily in public international law, where he advises and represents States, listed corporations and international organisations. He has a substantial pro bono human rights practice and is an Ambassador for the Capital Punishment Justice Project.

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