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Hague Book Launch of Alex De Waal’s ‘Mass Starvation: The History and Future Of Famine’ (2018), followed by a panel discussion

Date: 22 February 2018
Location: Wijnhaven Turfmarkt 99 2511 DP The Hague

The eminent panelists will discuss world-renowned expert on humanitarian crisis and response Alex De Waal’s ‘Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine’. It will consider the history of modern famines: their causes, dimensions and why they ended. 

Mass Starvation breaks new ground in examining forced starvation as an instrument of genocide and war. Wayne Jordash QC will discuss with Alex De Waal the legal elements of the crime of starvation, refuting the enduring but erroneous view that attributes famine to overpopulation and natural disaster. Catriona Murdoch will discuss Global Rights Compliance’s (‘GRC’) Project on Mass Starvation, with a focus on Yemen and the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, Director of the Task Force UN Security Council Membership of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (‘MoFA’), will share her view on the links between conflict and food insecurity. Moderating the event is Edward Jeremy, a prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (‘ICC’), currently assigned to the Libya and Darfur situations. Prior to the ICC, Edward was a trial prosecutor on the Mladić case and has held a variety of transitional justice positions. Edward spent 7 years working as a solicitor in London and Hong Kong for law firm Linklaters.

PANELLISTS: Alex de Waal, Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, Wayne Jordash QC and Catriona Murdoch

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