George A. Lopez, a founding member of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will discuss “Is Just War Theory Dead?” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Barbieri Moot Court Room at the Gonzaga School of Law. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Spokane.
Lopez, who received his doctorate from Syracuse University in 1975, holds the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Chair in Peace Studies at Notre Dame.
His research interests focus primarily on the problems of state violence and coercion, mainly economic sanctions, gross violations of human rights, and ethics and the use of force. His work has been published in a wide range of social science journals, including: Human Rights Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of International Affairs, The International Journal of Human Rights, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs Journal, andEthics and International Affairs Journal.
Working with David Cortright since 1992, Lopez has written more than 25 articles and book chapters, as well as five books, on economic sanctions. With Cortright and Alistair Millar, Lopez wrote “Winning Without War: Sensible Security Options for Dealing with Iraq” in October 2002. This policy brief was called the most influential document for those favoring an alternative to war with Iraq.
An investigation by Lopez of United Nations’ sanctions imposed on Iraq began in 1993 when he was asked to assist the U.N. Department of Humanitarian Affairs to develop methodologies for assessing sanctions impact. Since 2001, much of his writing has been devoted to debates “in the public square” regarding ethics and the use of force in the global war on terror, Iraq and elsewhere.
Lopez also has served in an advisory capacity to a number of foundations and organizations involved in human rights, international affairs education, and peace research.
For more information, contact Kirk Besmer, Gonzaga assistant professor of philosophy, at (509) 313-6746 or via e-mail at email@example.com.