Tuesday 12 September 2017, 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Moot Court Room, 7th Floor, New Academic Building, LSE

Released in the same decade as the now infamous ‘duck and cover’ advertisements, and based on Nevil Shute’s best selling novel of the same name, On the Beach is a film that depicts, controversially, a dystopian future in which uncontained nuclear war causes the total destruction of life on earth. Throughout the Cold War, the wider consequences of nuclear conflict were highly contested with the US government taking the position that loss of human life could be contained. This dystopian fiction, filmed in Melbourne, challenged this official account by imagining Australia as the final continent to be encountered by a slow moving cloud of deadly radioactive dust generated by a large scale nuclear conflict. On the Beach was, remarkably, one of only a handful of films released during this period of heavy Hollywood censorship that engaged directly with the question of nuclear war at the forefront of public imagination at the time. Free of the hysterical tropes of the contemporary disaster film, On the Beach offers a strangely orderly, sombre and moving vision of life at the end of the world. For contemporary international lawyers, it prompts reflection on what sustains lawfulness when international institutions, community, and the state have all self-destructed.

Speaker: Ruth Buchanan (Osgoode Hall)
Chair: Gerry Simpson (LSE Law)

RSVP to law.events@lse.ac.uk


International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War, 27-29 April 2017, UC Santa Barbara

The UCSB/GWU/LSE International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War will take place at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 27-29 April 2017. This will be a wonderful opportunity for graduate students to present their work and receive critical feedback from fellow students and established scholars alike. The Call for Papers contains all of the pertinent information, including submission deadlines (the first of which is 27 January 2017).


Tbilisi Workshop, September 2017

The Workshop, Cold War International Law IV will be held in the late summer of 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia.  At this invitational workshop, we will re-articulate and extend the general themes of the project, consider Cold War International Law (CWIL) from the perspective of the Soviet and Eastern European experience, and think through and with the ‘literary’ Cold War. Keynote speakers will include Anna Dolidze (Chief Legal Advisor to the Government of Georgia) and Scott Newton, (author of Law and the Making of the Soviet World, SOAS, London).

The event will be held at the Georgian Writers’ House in Old Tbilisi and will be funded by The Australian Research Council (Australia); The Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) and The London School of Economics. There will be an event at the Georgian Ministry of Justice, as well as reception at the Office of the President. The workshop is by invitation only, but if you have a research project you think is connected, please contact us at law-coldwar@unimelb.edu.au