Crisis Group: Congo is democratic change possible?
Enough Project report: Congo’s Conflict Gold Rush: Bringing Gold into the Legal Trade in the DRC.
This week PHAP announced the launch of its Online Learning Series on Humanitarian Law and Policy. This series aims to provide an opportunity for continuous learning for those working in the humanitarian sector, as well as those interacting with humanitarian actors, to strengthen their understanding of legal and policy issues and to engage on topical and timely issues. The first session will be held on 21 May (see below for more info).
Each session will begin with a brief expert lecture on a specific IHL topic, followed by the opportunity for participants to engage directly with the presenter through an open Q&A. The sessions will cover a range of topics, and address various legal, political, and operational questions. The focus will be on the most significant and consequential issues for humanitarian actors, drawing from recent events, practitioner experiences, contemporary scholarship, new jurisprudence, and related legal developments. These online learning sessions are complementary to PHAP’s onsite courses and workshops on humanitarian law and policy. Some sessions serve as refreshers on core concepts while others provide supplementary opportunities for in-depth learning and discussion.
Following each session of the Online Learning Series on Humanitarian Law and Policy, members of the association will have the possibility to undergo a two-part assessment as part of the PHAP Continuous Learning Credits framework. The assessments are structured to allow members to both ensure that they have achieved the primary learning objectives of each session and to reflect on the topic of the session based on their own experience.
- Introduction to IHL and its relevance for humanitarian actors, 21 May 2015
- IHL and Core Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence, 3 June 2015
- The Fundamental Principles of IHL Regulating Hostilities: military necessity, distinction, and proportionality, 17 June 2015
- Qualification of Armed Conflict and Determining the Applicable Law, 8 July 2015
- Qualification of Situations: case studies from recent practice, 22 July 2015
Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict: Second Edition of ‘1612 Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism’
Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, a network of human rights and humanitarian organizations working together to protect the security and rights of children in conflict, has announced this week the second edition of its “1612 Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism. A Resource Pack for Non-Governmental Organizations”. It is available in English, French and Arabic and can be accessed on Watchlist’s website at http://watchlist.org/resource-pack-on-ngo-engagement-in-the-mrm-2/
Originally launched in 2014, the Resource Pack offers NGOs the tools necessary to define whether, and how, to engage in the MRM in a way that strengthens both their programs, and the mechanism itself.
Throughout 2014, Watchlist, with support from various partners, disseminated the Resource Pack through field trainings on the MRM targeting national and international NGOs as well as UN agencies, in Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Nigeria, and South Sudan.
The second edition of the 1612 Resource Pack aims to integrate best practices and key learning gathered during these field trainings, which offered a unique opportunity for Watchlist to exchange with colleagues from around the world working to monitor, report and respond to children’s rights violations.
For additional information regarding the Resource Pack, or to share your feedback, please contact Gilles-Philippe Pagé, Partnerships Officer at Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Syria, Iraq, ISIS:
International Crisis Group report: The Chaos in Darfur
Debate in the NY Times: Should a Court Approve All Drone Strikes? (with, e.g., O’Connell, Hakimi and Guiora)
General non-international armed conflict:
International Crisis Group: A Dangerous Setback in Colombia
Amnesty International report: ‘Our Job is to Shoot, Slaughter and Kill’: Boko Haram’s reign of terror in North-East Nigeria
Human Rights Watch: Cluster Bombs Used in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains
Philippine government: Bangsamoro law will also result in disarmament of other armed groups
Two posts on Just Security on the killing, allegedly by a US drone, of Ibrahim al-Rubaysan, an alleged leading cleric of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the question whether such a cleric can constitute a legitimate military target: by Gabor Rona and Ryan Goodman
This year’s ICC Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights will take place from 15-19 June 2015 at NUI Galway, Ireland. The Summer School comprises a series of intensive and interactive lectures over five days given by leading academics and legal professionals working at the International Criminal Court. Participants are provided with a detailed working knowledge of the establishment of the Court, its structures, operations, and applicable law. Specific topics covered include international crimes (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity & aggression), jurisdiction, modes of liability, the role of victims and prosecutorial discretion. This year’s Summer School will include a special session on Palestine and the International Criminal Court, which will involve the participation of the Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland, Ambassador Ahmad Abdelrazek. The Summer School is suited to postgraduate students, legal professionals, journalists and staff of civil society or intergovernmental organisations.
The 2015 ICC Summer School faculty includes:
Professor William Schabas – Middlesex University & Irish Centre for Human Rights
Professor Kevin Jon Heller – School of Oriental and African Studies, London
Dr. Fabricio Guariglia – Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court
Dr. Mohamed M. El Zeidy – Pre-Trial Chamber II at the International Criminal Court
Dr. Rod Rastan – Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court
Professor Ray Murphy – Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway
Professor Don Ferencz, Visiting Professor, School of Law, Middlesex University; Research Associate, Oxford University Faculty of Law Centre for Criminology
Dr. Kwadwo Appiagyei Atua – University of Ghana and University of Lincoln
Dr. Michael Kearney – School of Law, Sussex University
Dr. Noelle Higgins – Senior Lecturer, Law Department Maynooth University
Ms. Salma Karmi-Ayyoub – Barrister, London
Dr. Nadia Bernaz – School of Law, Middlesex University
Mr. John McManus – Canadian Department of Justice
Professor Megan A. Fairlie – Florida International University
Dr. Mohamed Badar – Northumbria University, United Kingdom
Dr. Shane Darcy – Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway
The deadline for availing of the early bird registration fee of €400 has been extended until 20 April 2015, with the fee for registrations after that date being €450. The closing date for registrations is 30 May 2015. The registration fee includes all course materials, all lunches and refreshments, a social activity and a closing dinner. The registration fee also includes a complimentary copy of: William A. Schabas, Introduction to the International Criminal Court (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, 4th ed.).
To register and for more information, please visit the summer school website at: http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=405.
Should you have any queries, please email: email@example.com.