2024 Mark Zacher Distinguished Speaker Lecture | Oona Hathaway on Feb 28

Wednesday February 28, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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The War in Ukraine and the Past, Present, and Future of the Global Legal Order

UBC Political Science is delighted to host Professor Oona Hathaway of Yale University’s Department of Political Science as this year’s Mark Zacher Distinguished Speaker.

The Mark Zacher Distinguished Speaker Lecture will begin at 6:00 pm with a reception to follow at 7:15 pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

For those unable to join the event in person, a recording will be made available on the UBC Political Science YouTube channel the week following the event.


Professor Oona Hathaway will begin by examining the “Old World Order,” when war was not only legal but the main way in which states enforced their legal rights. She will explain when and how the legal order transformed in the 20th century, when war for all but a very limited set of purposes was outlawed, spurring widespread changes in the broader international legal system.  Finally, she will discuss the impact of the illegal war in Ukraine on the global legal order—and what impact it might have in the future.


Oona A. Hathaway is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, Professor of International Law and Area Studies at the Yale University MacMillan Center, Professor of the Yale University Department of Political Science, and Director of the Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges. She is also a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace. In 2014-15, she took leave to serve as Special Counsel to the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense, where she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence.

About the Mark Zacher Distinguished Speaker Lecture

The Mark Zacher Distinguished Speaker Lecture was created by members of the Department of Political Science, with the support of Mark Zacher’s family and many of his former students, to honour his contribution to the teaching, understanding and scholarship of international affairs.

We invite one prominent scholar, leader, or senior elected official who has made significant contributions to the field of international affairs every year to give a series of lectures, and to meet with students, faculty, and community members.