Book launch: 'The Laws of Yesterday’s Wars'

Date & time
5.30–7.30pm Wednesday 13 April 2022

Law Lecture Theatre, ANU College of Law, Building 5, Fellows Road, Acton ACT 2600

Air Commodore Patrick Keane AM CSC
Professor Tim McCormack FAAL
Samuel White
David Letts
Book launch
The Laws of Yesterday's Wars

Join us for the launch of The Laws of Yesterday’s Wars: From Indigenous Australians to the American Civil War (Brill, 2022), featuring Air Commodore Patrick Keane AM CSC, Professor Tim McCormack FAAL and a discussion on the chapter 'Indigenous Australians' with editor Sam White.

This new book offers a culture-by-culture account of various unique restrictions placed on warfare over time, in a bid to demonstrate the underlying humanity often accompanying the horrors of war. It offers the first systematic exploration of Indigenous Australian laws of war, relaying decades of experience in communities. Containing essays by a range of laws of war academics and practitioners, this volume is a starting point in a new debate on the question: how international is international humanitarian law?


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    Sam White

    Samuel White has served as both a Royal Australian Infantry Corps and an Australian Army Legal Corps officer in a variety of tactical, operational and strategic postings. He is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of New England, as well as Adjunct Lecturer and PhD Student at the University of Adelaide. In 2021, he was recognised by the International Committee of the Red Cross as an ‘Emerging Voices’ for his scholarship in international humanitarian law. He holds multiple degrees in law, history and international relations.




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