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Podcast on internment in NIAC – Intercross blog

January 17, 2019

New podcast from Intercross Blog on the debate re. internment in non-international armed conflict.

Call for Submissions for the African Yearbook on International Humanitarian Law

January 17, 2019

The Editorial Board of the African Yearbook on International Humanitarian Law (AYIHL), a double-blind peer review journal published by Juta Publishing (South Africa), is accepting submissions for the 2018 volume of the Yearbook, to be published mid-2019.

The Board invites articles (7,000-12,000 words), case notes, and shorter pieces for inclusion in the ‘Current Developments’ section (up to 4,500 words). The Board welcomes submissions that engage with the themes of international humanitarian law and policy as well as international criminal law and particularly aspects thereof that are of relevance of the African continent, broadly construed. The Yearbook publishes research not only on international humanitarian law stricto sensu, but also international human rights law, international criminal law, and other areas of public international law relevant to the regulation of armed conflict.

All submissions are subject to double-blind peer review before an editorial decision on publication is made. Further information on the Yearbook and instructions for prospective authors are available at

The closing date for submissions is 1 March 2019. Manuscripts must be submitted via email to by the closing date.

News roundup – 16th Oct -5th November 2018

November 9, 2018

Sam Jackson has prepared the news roundup for the period 16th October – 5th November. Please see below!

16th October – 22nd October

Syria destroying homes in ex-rebel areas to block residents from returning: HRW

Deadline passes for Syria’s Idlib buffer without fighters leaving

Egypt says security forces killed 450 fighters in Sinai peninsula

East Libya forces reopen probe into Abdel Fattah Younes killing

DRC rebels kill 13, abduct a dozen children in Ebola epicentre

Where armed groups rule

Nigeria: Boko Haram killing of aid worker Hauwa Liman is a war crime

Dissident republicans: Armed groups in Co Derry warn of ‘serious consequences’ for ‘criminal elements’

23rd October – 29th October

Syria summit: call for ‘lasting ceasefire’ at last rebel-held stronghold, Idlib

Coalition troops in Manbij clashed with armed group believed to be Turkish-backed rebels

India, Myanmar agree to take on insurgents

Wave of rebel attacks leads to surge in DRC Ebola cases

ICC trial of LRA leader only part of search for justice in Uganda

Armed US militia groups prepare to see off migrant caravan at the Mexico border

30th October – 5th November

Turkey tries managing Syrian rebel factions without disturbing status quo – analyst

Early solution to insurgency problem in Manipur difficult: Army

Yemen war: 150 killed over weekend as Saudi-led airstrikes pound rebel areas

Once at Guantanamo, 5 senior taliban members now join political office in Qatar

TV journalist, two policemen killed in India rebel attack

Israel’s deliberate targeting of children is an ongoing war crime, says PLO official

Three Palestinian teenagers killed by Israeli drone strike as tensions mount on Gaza strip

South Sudan frees rebel chief’s associates to back peace deal

South Sudan rebel leader Machar back in Juba after two years

Support for ethnic armed group service provision will aid federalism, say researchers

Colombia: Guerrillas should free kidnapped people

Call for Papers: 3rd Young Researchers Workshop on Terrorism and Belligerency – Haifa, Israel

October 30, 2018

The Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions (RLEC) at the
University of Haifa, Faculty of Law and the Geography and Environmental Studies
Department, invite submissions for participation in the third young researchers workshop on “Terrorism and Belligerency”. The workshop will be held at the Minerva Center, University of Haifa, February 3-17, 2019.

Papers are welcomed on theoretical or practical legal issues related to terrorism and belligerency from varied perspectives, such as: history, philosophy, sociology, geography, technology, economics, and politics. A non-exhaustive list of possible subjects includes:

  • National law applicable to dealing with situations of high and low intensity belligerency (international and non-international armed conflicts).
  • International law applicable to dealing with situations of high and low intensity belligerency (international and non-international armed conflicts).
  • Law applicable to counter-terrorism efforts.
  • Constitutional design for armed conflicts and counter-terrorism.
  • Judicial review related to situations of counter-terrorism and belligerency.
  • Application of constitutional or international human rights protection in situations of armed conflict and counter-terrorism.
  • Legal aspects of economic and sociological developments in counter-terrorism situations.
  • Geographical scope of application to counter-terrorism and belligerency legal regimes.
  • Legal aspects of the use of advance technologies in the battlefield or for counter-terrorism purposes.
  • Application of “Just War” doctrine in situations of armed conflict and counter-terrorism

This workshop will feature twelve papers selected through this call. The expected formation will include twelve both from Israel and abroad. The workshop will be held over a 2 weeks period; participants from abroad will be offered residency in the university dormitories.

The purpose of this workshop is to convene a group of scholars for a high-level discussion on enduring and emerging questions on law and policy related to terrorism / belligerency. This workshop will offer participants a balanced combination of rigorous scholarly discussion and more relaxed social interaction.

The full call can be found here: Call-for-proposals-Terrorism-and-Belligerency-Workshop-February-2019. Abstracts are due by November 18, 2018.

13th Annual Minerva/ ICRC International Conference on IHL: Recent Developments in IHL and Detention Law and Practice, 12-3 November 2018

October 29, 2018

The topic of the 13th Annual Minerva/ ICRC International Conference on IHL is on developments in IHL and detention law and practice. There are lots of interesting papers on armed groups and international law, including papers on:-

– permission to intern in NIACs

– legal basis and scope of obligations by non-State armed groups

– power to detain and non-State armed groups in NIAC

– emergent norms for detention of non-State actors in hostilities

– disciplinary detentions by armed groups

– status based detention in armed conflicts involving non-State armed groups

– foreign fighters

See here for the full programme.

News Roundup – 1- 11th October 2018

October 11, 2018

Can International Humanitarian Law Restrain Armed Groups? Lessons from NGO Work on Anti-Personnel Landmines

New report from UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings on the impact of counter terrorism legislation on humanitarian action. 

New UNAMA report (quarterly) on protection of civilians in Afghanistan. 

Syria opposition rejects Idlib demilitarisation amid uncertainty over Sochi deal

US and UK halt key Syria aid shipments over extremist “taxes”

First rebel group begins withdrawal from demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib

Dutch government backed groups involved in ethnic cleansing in Afrin: Experts

Iran votes to join pact to combat terror financing

Is armed insurgency a viable option for Kashmiri youth?

Surge in fighting among Libya’s ‘super militias’ imperils Western peace efforts

Concern over Bahai’ followers trial by Yemen rebels

Cameroon insurgency drains life from once vibrant towns

Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis: Red Dragons and Tigers – the rebels fighting for independence

German police arrest six on suspicion of belonging to far-right terror group

Call for Papers – Legal Resilience in an Era of Hybrid Threats

October 11, 2018

A call for papers has been issued for a conference on the subject of ‘Legal Resilience in an Era of Hybrid Threats’. The event will take place on 8-10 April 2019 at the University of Exeter. It is hosted by the Exeter Centre for International Law, in collaboration with the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and the Lieber Institute of the United States Military Academy.

The aim of the conference is to explore the legal challenges presented by gray zone conflict, hybrid threats and lawfare, and to develop the notion of legal resilience as a conceptual and policy framework for countering these challenges more effectively.

Please follow the link for the text of the call  (deadline 30 November 2018) with further information about the conference theme: