Past Event

Understanding UN Security Council Resolutions Under International Law

May 29, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The Security Council is an inherently political body with an inherently political mandate, yet its actions can bind states under international law. It can affect states’ obligations in ways that are unparalleled in other international institutions. Drawing on examples from crises in Iran, Syria and North Korea, the session will include discussion of the source and scope of the Security Council’s authority, limitations upon that authority, the different ways in which the Council’s resolutions can affect or modify the international legal obligations of states, and issues about the extent to which such resolutions should be interpreted similarly to or differently than international agreements or other international legal texts.

This session, the first in a series of national security law summer webinars, will feature a guest presentation and Q&A with former Ambassador Todd F. Buchwald, who formerly served, among many other senior government positions, as Special Coordinator for Global Criminal Justice and Assistant Legal Advisor for UN Affairs at the U.S. State Department. If you would like to participate in this webinar, please register here.

Registration is required via the provided portal. Each attendee will receive an event link valid for a single participant, similar to a ticket. The event link will be emailed to you automatically upon registration, please check your “spam” folder if it does not appear in your inbox. If you have any questions, or if you are interested in participating in future webinars, please email Laura Miller, Associate Director of the National Security Law Program, at