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Bruges Colloquium on International Humanitarian Law (18-19 October 2012) on scope of application of IHL

August 28, 2012

This year’s Colloquium will focus on the scope of application of international humanitarian law. It will take place on 18-19 October 2012. Apart from the appeal of the lovely city of Bruges (with its pretty old town, good food and beer), this yearly IHL-conference, organised by the College of Europe and the ICRC, is known for its interesting topics and high level discussions.

The proceedings of previous years can be accessed (for free) online. Previous topics include: the Relevance of IHL to Non-State Actors, Improving compliance with IHL, and Armed Conflicts and Parties to Armed Conflicts under IHL: Confronting Legal Categories to Contemporary Realities.

The 2012 Colloquium will consist of five parts: a session for each of the four scopes of application (ratione materiae, personae, temporis, and loci) and a panel discussion on current and future challenges to the scope of application of IHL. Issues discussed on this blog, such as the lower threshold of non-international armed conflicts and the qualification of conflicts, will be addressed by experts in the field, both academics and practitioners. Practical information is available here.

The provisional programme is as follows:           

DAY 1: Thursday, 18 October

9:30 – 9:40                          Welcome address by Paul Demaret, Rector of the College of Europe 

9:40 – 9:50                          Welcome address by Mr. Francois Bellon, Head of Delegation, ICRC Brussels

9:50 – 10:10                        Keynote address by Ms. Christine Beerli, Vice-President of the ICRC

 

SESSION ONE:   MATERIAL SCOPE OF APPLICATION OF IHL

Chair person:  tbc

10:30 – 10:50                     What does IHL regulate and is the current armed conflict classification adequate?  Noam Lubell, University of Essex

10:50 – 11:10                     Non-international armed conflicts: the applicable law. Sandesh Sivakumaran, University of Nottingham

11:10 – 11:30                     When does violence cross the armed conflict threshold: current dilemma. Pierre Vimont, European External Action Service

11:30 – 12:30                     Discussion

 

SESSION TWO:  PERSONAL SCOPE OF APPLICATION OF IHL

Chair person: Knut Dörmann, ICRC Legal Division

14:00 – 14:20                     Persons protected by IHL in IAC: the law and current challenges. Kirby Abbott, SHAPE

14:20 – 14:40                     Personal scope of IHL protection in NIAC: legal and practical challenges. Francoise Hampson, University of Essex

14:40 – 15:00                     Does IHL protect “unlawful combatants”?  Gabor Rona, Human Rights First

15:00 – 15:45                     Discussion

 

SESSION THREE:  TEMPORAL SCOPE OF APPLICATION OF IHL

Chair person: Abdul Koroma, former Judge, ICJ

16:00 – 16:20                     Beginning of IHL application: overview and challenges. Louise Arimatsu, Chatham House

16:20 – 16:40                     End of IHL application:  overview and challenges. Marko Milanovic, University of Nottingham

16:40 – 17:00                     Is there a need for clarification of the temporal scope of IHL? Darren Stewart, British Army (tbc)

17:00 – 18:00                     Discussion

 

DAY 2: Friday, 19 October

SESSION FOUR:                GEOGRAPHIC SCOPE OF APPLICATION OF IHL

Chair person: Paul Berman, Council of the EU Legal Service

9:00 – 9:20                          The geographic reach of IHL: the law and current challenges. Jelena Pejic, ICRC Legal Division

9:20 – 9:40                          Transnational armed conflict: does it exist? Rogier Bartels, Netherlands Defence Academy

9:40 – 10:10                       Discussion

10:40 – 12:30     PANEL DISCUSSION: CURRENT AND FUTURE CHALLENGES TO THE SCOPE OF APPLICATION OF IHL?

Moderator: Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Chatham House

Panelists: Sandesh Sivakumaran, Kirby Abbott, Francoise Hampson, Knut Dörmann     

12:30 – 13:00     CONCLUDING REMARKS AND CLOSURE by Ms. Christine Beerli

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