Alex de Waal, world-renowned expert on humanitarian crisis and response, will discuss Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine, a book which explores the history of modern famines: their causes, dimensions and why they ended. Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, Coordinator of the Task Force UN Security Council Membership of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will share her view on the links between conflict and food insecurity.

Mass Starvation breaks new ground in examining forced starvation as an instrument of genocide and war. International lawyer 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 follow and discuss GRC’s projects on promoting legal accountability for mass starvation, with a focus on the war in Yemen.

GRC lawyers Wayne Jordash and Catriona Murdoch will conclude the event by discussing the range of accountability mechanism available to those who suffer the effects of starvation being used as ‘weapon of war’. GRC will recount its own experience working for conflict-affected governments, individuals and NGOs around the world to inform various available avenues for countering impunity.

The event starts 6pm on Thursday 22 February 2018 and will be held at Leiden University in The Hague, Netherlands. The event will be live-streamed and available later by podcast.

Read more about the event here.