October 5, 2012 17:15 Age: 2 yrs

"Sherman at Atlanta: The Moral Structure of the Laws of War," Oct. 22

A public lecture by John Fabian Witt, Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law, Yale Law School and author of Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History

4-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22
Emory University School of Law, Room 1D
Reception and book signing will follow in the Hunter Atrium

In the midst of his infamous assault on Atlanta, William Tecumseh Sherman issued an unsettling moral critique of the international laws of armed conflict. Why, Sherman asked, should the law evaluate his conduct in the short run? Weren't the ultimate ends of the war the best measure of its conduct?

Sherman's questions about ends and means are eternal. They run through American history, and they underlay the logic of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. What few have observed is that these same questions animated Abraham Lincoln's little-known but powerful transformation of the modern laws of war--a transformation that is still with us today.

Witt will be joined by commentators Catherine Lutz and Dan Reiter. Lutz is Thomas J. Watson Jr. Family Professor of Anthropology and International Studies Research Professor at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. Reiter is chair of Emory University's Department of Political Science.

The lecture is sponsored by Emory Law's Project on War and Security in Law, Culture and Society and the Center for International and Comparative Law.

For information, please contact Mary L. Dudziak, professor of law and director, Project on War and Security in Law, Culture and Society. mary.l.dudziak(at)emory.edu

Please see the flier below for more information.

Related links:

Read The New York Times review of Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History

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