Outsourcing War and Peace, a talk by Laura Dickinson, Arizona State University, with Special Remarks by Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.)

Outsourcing War and Peace, a talk by Laura Dickinson, Arizona State University, with Special Remarks by Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.)

Please join us for a talk by Laura Dickinson, Foundation Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Center for Law and Global Affairs, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University. GENERAL WESLEY K. CLARK (ret.) will deliver special remarks on the issue of outsourcing war and peace immediately following Prof. Dickinson's speech.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
UCLA Law School
Room 1430
Los Angeles, CA 90095


AUDIO: To listen to audio from the lecture click here.




Over the past decade, states and international organizations have shifted a surprising range of foreign policy functions to private contractors. But who is accountable when the employees of foreign private firms do violence or create harm? Laura Dickinson's timely book, Outsourcing War and Peace,  describes the services that are now delivered by private contractors and the threat this trend poses to core public values of human rights, democratic accountability, and transparency. The author offers a series of concrete reforms that are necessary to expand traditional legal accountability, construct better mechanisms of public participation, and alter the organizational structure and institutional culture of contractor firms. The result is a pragmatic, nuanced, and comprehensive set of responses to the problem of foreign affairs privatization.


Laura A. Dickinson joined the law faculty at Arizona State University in 2008 as a professor and the faculty director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs. Her work focuses on human rights, national security, foreign affairs privatization, and qualitative empirical approaches to international law. Professor Dickinson’s most recent monograph entitled Outsourcing War and Peace was published by Yale University Press. The book examines the increasing privatization of military, security, and foreign aid functions of government, considers the impact of this trend on core public values, and outlines mechanisms for protecting these values in an era of privatization.

Prior to her appointment to ASU, Professor Dickinson was on faculty at the University Of Connecticut School Of Law, where she taught from 2001 to 2008, and she was a Visiting Research Scholar and Visiting Professor in the Law and Public Affairs Program at Princeton University in 2006-2007. She served as a senior policy adviser to Harold Hongju Koh, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State, and is a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justices Harry A. Blackmun and Stephen G. Breyer, and to Judge Dorothy Nelson of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professor Dickinson is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, and co-organizer of a Collaborative Research Network on Empirical Approaches to International Human Rights Law, convened under the auspices of the Law & Society Association.


Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations, The International Human Rights Program at the UCLA Law School