Mark Kersten: What counts as evidence of Syria’s war crimes?
The ICRC reports that its core publication on teaching international humanitarian law (IHL), How Does Law Protect in War? Cases, Documents and Teaching Materials on Contemporary Practice in International Humanitarian Law (by Marco Sassòli, Antoine A. Bouvier and Anne Quintin) is now available (for free) online, providing academics, researchers and students with a wealth of updated resources, cases and references, in a user-friendly format.
Users will find three main sections through which they can easily navigate. “The Law” presents IHL carefully and systematically, outlining each topic and referring readers to the pertinent parts of “Cases and Documents,” to articles from the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, and to the rules set out in the ICRC Study on Customary IHL. Selected bibliographies facilitate further study and a deeper understanding of each topic. Many of the articles mentioned are available through the ICRC’s library.
“Pedagogical resources” offers recommendations on how to teach IHL, and a series of useful course outlines for university professors in the fields of law, journalism and political science.
The book itself was in fact already available online (through the ICRC and the American Department of Defence), but the novelty of the online platform resides in its easy navigation, through hyperlinks, from legal theory to humanitarian practice. New case studies on emerging humanitarian and legal issues will be regularly added, supplying professors with up-to-date teaching materials. A search engine and an extensive index will also permit users to perform quick searches using key words.
Amnesty International: Fear and Loathing in Bangui (CAR)
UN Women Executive Director’s 28 October 2014 statement at the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security: As nature of conflicts change, swifter action to protect targets of violence urged (see here for the UN secretary-General’s report on women and peace and security)
Human Rights Watch report: ‘Those Terrible Weeks in Their Camp’: Boko Haram Violence against Women and Girls in Northeast Nigeria
Marko Milanovic’s “Few Thoughts on Hassan v. United Kingdom”
9th Annual Minerva/ICRC Conference on International Humanitarian Law on Access for Humanitarian Action on 3-4 November 2014
In a couple of weeks, I have the pleasure to speak at a conference organised by the ICRC and the Minerva Center for Human Rights on “Access for Humanitarian Action: Legal and Operational Challenges in Assisting and Protecting People Affected by Armed Conflict”. This 9th Annual Minerva/ICRC Conference on International Humanitarian Law will take place on 3 and 4 November 2014 in Jerusalem. These IHL conferences always have a great combination of the academics and practitioners and benefit from the excellent local experts (take Yuval Shany or David Kretzmer) and an outspoken crowd of attendees. The organisers have a very good eye for selecting truly contemporary topics. With the recent fighting in Gaza fresh in mind, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq, this year’s topic is once again highly relevant.
The conference consists of six sessions. The first day starts with an opening session with two of IHL’s most well-known academics, Yoram Dinstein and Michael Bothe, followed by a general session on “Overviews and Overarching Themes”, featuring, e.g., Tristan Ferraro of the ICRC’s Legal Division. Day two has sessions on “UN Contexts”, “Non-International and Non-State Contexts”, “Arbitrary Withholding of Consent”, and “Humanitarian Access and Gaza”. Speakers of these sessions include Essex’s Francoise Hampson and UN OCHA’s Emanuela Gillard.