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Dr Maria Varaki of the War Crimes Research Group will welcome Professor Gerry Simpson for a discussion of his current research on the international legal regimes of the Cold War. Professor Simpson will explore the legal basis of the Cold War itself, the regulation of peaceful co-existence, and the international law applicable to activities in the Global South. This will be followed by an interview with Dr Maria Varaki concerning Professor Simpson’s work, and an audience Q&A.


Professor Gerry Simpson

He holds a Chair in International Law at LSE, and has written widely on issues of international law, war crimes, both present-day and historic. His latest work, The Sentimental Life of International Law: Literature, Language and Longing in World Politics, was published by Oxford University Press in late 2021. He is currently writing a study of the Cold War alongside Sundhya Pahuja and Matt Craven entitled Rival World-Makers: The International Laws of the Cold War, as well as a philosophical memoir, The Atomics: My Nuclear Family at the End of the Earth.

Dr Maria Varaki

Is a lecturer in international law at the War Studies department, King's College London. Before moving to London she held research positions with the Erik Castren Institute of International Law and Human Rights in Helsinki and the Law Faculty of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She was also an Assistant Professor in International Law at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. She holds a PhD in International Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway, Ireland and two LLM degrees in International and Comparative Law, from Tulane University and New York University, School of Law.

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Maria Varaki

Lecturer in International Law

Event details

Dockrill Room, K6.07
Strand Building
Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS