(Vancouver – July 7, 2004) Michael Byers joins the University of British Columbia as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, effective July 1st, 2004.
As Academic Director at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, Byers will play a key role in the launch of a master’s program in global policy and further develop the Institute’s public policy agenda, as well as teach a graduate seminar on the use of military force. Internationally known for his contribution to public policy debates, Canadian foreign policy, human rights and arms control, ”Professor Byers will be a valuable resource for the public and the media,“ notes Paul Evans, Acting Director at the Liu Institute.
”Michael Byers is a lawyer who thinks like a social scientist,“ says Richard Johnston, professor and head of the Political Science Department, where Byers is cross-appointed. ”He is a master at combining legal and social issues and will bring a new direction“ for international issues at the political science department.
Byers joins the UBC political science faculty as a full professor. His research will focus on the interaction of international politics and international law across a wide range of issues, including the United Nations, the Geneva conventions and the challenge of climate change.
Dr. Byers most recently served as Professor of Law at Duke University where he was also Director of Duke’s highly regarded Center for Canadian Studies. He is the author of Custom, Power and the Power of Rules, editor of The Role of Law in International Politics and a regular contributor to the London Review of Books.
The Liu Institute pursues interdisciplinary and policy-related research and advocacy on global public policy issues related to human security. Its research agenda embraces international relations, human security, peace and disarmament, global public opinion and democratization, the environment, conflict and development, global health and issues of international justice.