The 2018 edition of the Joakim Dungel Lectures in International Justice
On 1 April 2011, United Nations Human Rights Officer Joakim Dungel was killed in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. Joakim was a Swedish associate specializing in humanitarian law and human rights, and a first seminar was organized in his memory in 2012. The 2018 edition of the Joakim Dungel Lectures in International Justice will take place on 23 February and the topic is Banned? Legal conundrums on biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.
Joakim Dungel, an alumnus of Gothenburg University (Jur. Kand. ’04) and New York University (LL.M. ’07), specialized in humanitarian law and human rights. In Joakim’s brief existence, he blazed the trails of international justice, working for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Temporary International Presence in Hebron, and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
In memory of Joakim, his family and friends have, together with Gothenburg University, instituted the annual Joakim Dungel Lectures in International Justice, gathering speakers from all over the world. The topics vary, but will always treat Humanitarian Law, Human Rights and International Law which Joakim was committed to and worked for.
This year’s seminar will take place at the Gothenburg University on 23 February.
States, or terrorist organizations, threating to deploy biological agents such as anthrax create a tangible threat of biowar. The UN has confirmed that chemical weapons have been used in the war in Syria. In September 2017, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was signed in New York, but what will it actually achieve? These questions, and many others, will be debated by the invited speakers Dr. Robert Heinsch (Associate Professor, University of Leiden), Dr. Valeria Santori (International Consultant, Former Senior Policy Officer with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), Dr. Tytti Erästö (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)), Josefin Lind (Swedish Physicians Against Nuclear Weapons) and Dr. Mikael Baaz (Associate Professor, University of Gothenburg).
– We are ever so grateful for the willingness and enthusiasm of these experts to join us in Gothenburg to discuss this very important issue’, says Joakim’s sister Emilia Dungel.
The Association in Memory of Joakim Dungel
For the purpose of honouring Joakim’s life and work, the non-profit Association in Memory of Joakim Dungel was founded in 2012. The objective of the Association is to ‘engage in charity to promote engagement, education and dissemination of information in humanitarian law, human rights, international law and democracy issues in accordance with the fundamental values expressed in the United Nations Conventions.’
– These lectures are intended to both continue Joakim’s work, as well as to inspire others to engage in the field of international humanitarian law,’ says Erik Ullberg, partner at Wistrand Law Firm, one of the Association’s sponsors. Erik was a close friend of Joakim and board member of the Association.