The World Humanitarian Summit, to take place in Istanbul in May 2016, is the first-ever humanitarian summit of this scale and scope. Its objective is to set a future agenda for humanitarian action to ensure improved responsiveness to the changing humanitarian landscape in terms of greater needs, more diverse actors, new technologies, and political and economic shifts. It will focus on humanitarian effectiveness, reducing vulnerability and managing risk, transformation through innovation, and serving the needs of people in conflict.
In the lead up to the summit, a series of Regional Consultations has been scheduled to bring together individuals and groups working on humanitarian assistance and protection and give them a chance to identify humanitarian challenges and promote solutions.
The Eastern and Southern regional consultation is due to take place in Pretoria, South Africa on 27 October 2014. In the lead up to this regional consultation, Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) are hosting a number of online events arranged around a number of themes related to humanitarian assistance. Details of the upcoming events are found below:-
Livestreaming of lecture by President of ICRC, Peter Maurer on Humanitarian Diplomacy and Principled Humanitarian Action
At 6.30-8pm on Thursday 2nd October 2014, President of the ICRC, Peter Maurer will speak on ‘Humanitarian Diplomacy and Principled Humanitarian Action’ at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
The lecture will look at how the evolving global environment in which humanitarian actors operate is posing profound challenges both in terms of complexity of major crises and their impact on affected people. It will consider how the ICRC can address these challenges within this environment while remaining faithful to its humanitarian principles, notably, Humanity, Neutrality, Impartiality and Independence.
With this lecture, the ICRC is inaugurating a series of conversations across the globe on the contemporary challenges to principles guiding humanitarian action, leading up to the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva in December 2015.
The event will be livestreamed and you can register here.
Lawfare blog: On Glenn Greenwald’s scepticism on threat claims about the Khorasan group by Jack Goldsmith and A Less Generous take on Greenwald’s Latest by Benjamin Wittes.
Statement by ICC Prosecutor on opening a second investigation in the Central African Republic (see here for the OTP Article 53(1) Report which finds that a reasonable basis to believe that both anti-balaka and Seleka members have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity)
The English version of the ICRC’s eight-module introduction to international humanitarian law for non-specialized audiences is now available online. The modules cover the following topics:-
All these modules are also available in French (see here).
Another helpful online learning/ teaching tool which the ICRC made available earlier this summer is a package of materials intended to allow the creation of a half day workshop on sexual violence and armed conflict. The workshop is intended for use in law faculties, as well as in other training programmes.
Its intention is to enable students and teachers to explore the legal and practical issues linked to sexual violence. It focuses on applicable international rules in humanitarian law, human rights law and criminal law, while also addressing some of the causes and consequences of sexual violence and encouraging participants to think about the appropriate humanitarian response. The workshop package includes the following:-
Opinio Juris guest post: Pesky questions of international law: What’s the basis for air strikes against Syria?
See Fuelling ISIS Inc for a really interesting article on the connection between ISIS and oil smuggling. See here and here for guest posts by Erik Zouave on Iraq, Syria and the trade in opposition oil.
Charles Lister podcast on the ongoing conflict in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra’s evolution and current strategy, and the status of moderate rebel groups.