Debating the Intervention in Libya

Debating the Intervention in Libya

Join us for a discussion on the intervention by the US and its allies in Libya, with General Wesley K. Clark (ret.), UCLA Law Professor Asli Bali and UCLA Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala.

Monday, April 11, 2011
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
1357 Law School
Los Angeles, CA 90095


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

NEWS: UCLA Today (April 13, 2011)



Is the intervention by the US and its allies in Libya necessary to avert a looming humanitarian catastrophe? Or is it an unwise and dangerous incursion in a foreign civil war? Either way, will it recast the rules governing humanitarian intervention and the “responsibility to protect”? Is it constitutional for President Obama to have ordered the military effort without approval by Congress? Join us for a discussion of these and related questions with several UCLA experts.


ASLI BÂLI is Acting Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. She teaches Public International Law, International Human Rights and a seminar on the Laws of War. She joins the UCLA faculty from the Yale Law School where she was the Irving S. Ribicoff Fellow in Law and Coordinator of the Middle East Legal Forum. Bâli’s research interests focus on public international law generally, including the intersection of international law and international relations, as well as issues of non-proliferation, human rights and humanitarian law. She also has a strong interest in the comparative law of the Middle East.

GEN. WESLEY K. CLARK has been a Senior Fellow at the Burkle Center since 2006. During thirty-four years of service in the United States Army Wesley K. Clark rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. After his retirement in 2000, he became an investment banker, author, commentator, and businessman. In September 2003 he answered the call to stand as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States, where his campaign won the state of Oklahoma and launched him to national prominence before he returned to the private sector in February 2004. 

KAL RAUSTIALA is director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations. A professor at UCLA Law School, he holds a joint appointment with the UCLA International Institute, where he teaches in the Program on Global Studies. Professor Raustiala has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and the University of Chicago, and was a fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. He serves on the editorial boards of International Organization and the American Journal of International Law, and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.



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Cost : free of charge

Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations