This event will focus on the myriad meanings for the proportionality concept in contrast to the varying legal contexts within which it has been developed. The discussion will focus on the implications of the human rights framing of Proportionality, particularly in juxtaposition to the prevailing jus in bello usage. The lecture will critically examine the normative roots of proportionality within the human rights dialogue with a view towards a re-examination of its usage and utility.

For more information on Prof.Newton's book on the subject (co-authored by Larry May) please visit