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For the Love of Humanity: the World Tribunal on Iraq

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Ayça Çubukçu will be launching her book, “For the Love of Humanity: The World Tribunal on Iraq”.

In 2003, the World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI) emerged from the global antiwar movement that had mobilized against the invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq. It sought to document and provide grounds for adjudicating war crimes committed by the United States, the United Kingdom, and their allied forces during the Iraq war.

For the Love of Humanity builds on two years of transnational fieldwork within the decentralized network of antiwar activists who constituted the WTI in some twenty cities around the world. Ayça Çubukçu illuminates the tribunal up close, both as an ethnographer and a sympathetic participant. In the process, she situates debates among WTI activists – a group encompassing scholars, lawyers, students, translators, writers, teachers, and more – alongside key jurists, theorists, and critics of global democracy.

Through critical analysis of the global debate surrounding one of the early twenty-first century’s most significant world events, Ayça addresses the challenges of forging global solidarity against imperialism and makes a case for reevaluating the relationships between law and violence, empire and human rights, and cosmopolitan authority and political autonomy.

All welcome to attend: no particular affiliation to any organisation or institution required.

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Hosted by Critical Theory and Practice Seminar Series, King’s in the Middle East, Desiring the Middle East at Pembroke, and Demilitarise Cambridge.

This talk is part of the Critical Theory and Practice Seminar Series series.

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