Film screening: 'It Stays With You' and panel discussion

Date & time

6–7.30pm Wednesday 5 September 2018


Finkel Theatre

John Curtin School of Medical Research, 131 Garran Road, The Australian National University


Professor Siobhán Wills, Ulster University
Associate Professor David Letts AM CSM, ANU College of Law
Associate Professor Jeremy Farrall, ANU College of Law


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Justine Poon

Presented by Law Reform & Social Justice

Film screening
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Between 2005 and 2007, United Nations peacekeeping troops carried out several raids in Cité Soleil - an economically depressed neighbourhood of Port au Prince, Haiti. Although the raids were targeted at criminal gang leaders, scores of civilians, amongst them children, were killed with many more injured by the actions of the peacekeepers. The UN has never investigated what happened. No one from the UN or other official bodies have visited the people of Cité Soleil to ask them about their experiences.

It Stays With You examines the impacts of the raids on the community in the ten years since they happened. The documtary uniquely combines testimony from victims and survivors with doctrinal legal analysis on the use of deadly force and human rights.

This free screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director of the film Professor Siobhán Wills in conversation with Associate Professors David Letts and Jeremy Farrall.


  • Siobhán Wills »

    Professor Siobhán Wills is a professor of law at Ulster University's Transitional Justice Institute. She is leading a research project on the rules of engagement for peacekeepers not engaged in hostilities in an armed conflict. Professor Wills received a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to make this documentary.

  • David Letts AM CSM »

    Associate Professor David Letts AM CSM is Director of the Military Law Program and of the Centre for Military and Security Law at the ANU College of Law and has had a long career in the Royal Australian Navy. His research centres on the application of legal regimes tomilitary options.

  • Jeremy Farrall »

    Associate Professor Jeremy Farrall has worked for the United Nations in a range of capacities and is now based at the ANU College of Law. He co-authored the book Strengthening the Rule of Law Through the United Nations Security Council. His response to the peacekeeping problems exposed by It Stays With You will draw upon policy proposals to strengthening the rule of law through the Security Council.



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