Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Richard Moyes to Visit UMass Amherst to Discuss International Limitations on Weapons Used in Armed Conflicts

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Richard Moyes, co-founder and managing director of the non-profit organization Article 36 and member of the international steering group for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), will present the lecture “Deciding How We Are Allowed to Kill Each Other: Controlling Weapons in International Law,” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Event Room 160 West of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Commonwealth Honors College.

Moyes and ICAN were awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in October for work developing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Article 36, founded by Moyes and New Zealand-based campaigner Thomas Nash, is a U.K.-based not-for-profit organization working to prevent the unintended, unnecessary or unacceptable harm caused by certain weapons. Article 36 undertakes research, policy and advocacy, and promotes civil society partnerships to respond to harm caused by existing weapons and to build a stronger framework to prevent harm as weapons are used or developed in the future. The name refers to article 36 of the 1977 Additional Protocol I of the Geneva Conventions that requires states to review new weapons, means and methods of warfare.

His speech will explore how nations have come together over recent decades to enact international law placing certain limitations on the weapons that can be used in armed conflict, and the various treaties that prohibit certain categories of weapons. The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a questions and answer session. Light refreshments will be served.

Moyes, an honorary fellow at the University of Exeter, was previously director of policy at Landmine Action, and co-chair of the Cluster Munition Coalition. Prior to that, he established and managed explosive ordnance disposal projects for the U.K. NGO Mines Advisory Group.

More information about the event, which is sponsored by UMass Amherst department of political science and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, can be found here.