Free Public Lecture
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street
The Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture 2020 is presented by Melbourne Law School and the Melbourne Journal of International Law.
How might international law respond to the prospect of nuclear annihilation? With abolitionist fervour? Technocracy? Legalism? Insouciance?
Professor Gerry Simpson was appointed to a Chair in Public International Law at London School of Economics. In this lecture, Professor Simpson will deliver a report on international legal nuclearism.
The Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture honours the fourth Dean of Melbourne Law School, Kenneth Hamilton Bailey, who played a significant part in Australia’s contribution to the formation of the United Nations.
There will be pre-lecture refreshments from 5.15pm.
Professor Gerry Simpson
Gerry Simpson was appointed to a Chair in Public International Law at LSE in January, 2016. He previously taught at the University of Melbourne (20072015), the Australian National University (19951998) and LSE (20002007), and was an Open Society Fellow between 20032008 (based in Tbilisi, Georgia). He is the author of *Great Powers and Outlaw States* (Cambridge, 2004) winner of the American Society of International Law’s Prize in 2005 and translated into several languages, and *Law, War and Crime: War Crimes Trials and the Reinvention of International Law* (Polity 2007). He has coedited (with Kevin Jon Heller) Hidden Histories (Oxford, 2014); (with Raimond Gaita) *Who’s Afraid of International Law?* (Monash, 2017) and (with Matt Craven and Sundhya Pahuja) *International Law and the Cold War *(Cambridge, (2019). Gerry’s current research projects include an ARCfunded project on Cold War International Law (with Matt Craven, SOAS) and Sundhya Pahuja, (Melbourne) and a counterhistory of International Criminal Justice. He is currently completing a book called *The Sentimental Life of International Law*, about international law’s interior life, and cowriting a study of the Cold War (Lawful Interregnum, forthcoming, Cambridge, 2020). Gerry is a Fellow of the British Academy.