Wednesday, 05 November 2014
The former head of the British Army, General the Lord Dannatt, is to deliver the fifth annual Worcester Lecture tomorrow.
Lord Dannatt will talk about ‘The Law, Morality and Armed Conflict’ at the event, on Thursday, 6th November, 6pm at Worcester Cathedral.
The Worcester Lectures, hosted by the University of Worcester and Worcester Cathedral, explore morality in public life. They are an annual contribution to the rich cultural heritage of Worcester, celebrating and further strengthening the links between the two institutions.
Highly respected by both peers and government alike, Lord Dannatt’s distinguished military career spans four decades, and now retired, he continues to contribute to debate surrounding pay and conditions for soldiers, and is actively involved in a number of charities supporting the work of the forces.
In the period leading up to Remembrance Day in this First World War Centenary year, this timely and thought-provoking lecture will consider the development of the ‘Just War’ theory.
Reflecting on recent military conflicts, Lord Dannatt will argue whether the justification for engaging in armed conflicts can be based on moral grounds alone, without a specific legal underpinning.
He said: “Do we fight the right wars, and do we fight them right? I am much looking forward to trying to answer these questions in my lecture at Worcester Cathedral next Thursday evening.”
Dean of Worcester Cathedral, The Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, added: “We are pleased to welcome General the Lord Dannatt as the speaker at this year’s Worcester Lecture. As British troops leave Camp Bastion, and people reflect on the 13 years when our forces have been involved in Afghanistan, it is very timely that Lord Dannatt leads us in reflecting on ‘The Law, Morality and Armed Conflict’.”
Lord Dannatt was commissioned into the Green Howards in 1971 and was awarded the Military Cross during his second tour of duty. He later became a company commander before eventually taking command of the Green Howards in 1989.
In 1999 Dannatt took command of 3rd Mechanised Division and simultaneously commanded British forces in Kosovo. After a brief tour in Bosnia, he was appointed Assistant Chief of the General Staff. As Commander of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), a role he assumed in 2003, he led the ARRC headquarters in planning for deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and soon became Commander-in-Chief, Land Command—the day-to-day commander of the Army.
Lord Dannatt was appointed Chief of the General Staff in August 2006, succeeding General Sir Mike Jackson. He retired from the Army in 2009, taking up the post of Constable of the Tower of London, and later in 2011 he became a member of the House of Lords.