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Webinar 7 Oct 2020: non-State armed groups: people, power, policies

September 27, 2020

About the author(s):

Katharine Fortin is an Assistant Professor at Utrecht University where she teaches international humanitarian law and international human rights. Before joining Utrecht University, she worked at the ICTY, ICC and Norton Rose Fulbright. She is the author of The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) which won the 2018 Lieber Prize. Katharine has written widely about the framework of law that applies to armed groups in non-international armed conflicts and she is one of the editors of the Armed Groups and International Law blog. She has recently started a 3-year NWO-Veni research project called ‘Dangerous Liaisons: civilian agency, armed groups and international law’.

Wed, Oct 7, 2020 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM CEST

On October 7th 2020, the ICRC will host an expert panel to discuss humanitarian organizations’ engagement to non-State armed groups (NSAGs). The discussion will provide insights on the structure, organization and operations of NSAGs. Leading experts will take stock of key trends that ICRC and others are witnessing in their engagement with armed groups. Panelists will also seek to provide answers to the following questions: How can we make sense of the structure, organization and operations of NSAGs? What explains their fragmentation? How do they sustain power? What is the experience of people living under their control? And finally, how to effectively sustain humanitarian engagement with NSAGs in order to protect and assist vulnerable populations?

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. Moderation Mrs Mariya Nikolova, Legal Training Adviser, ICRC Panel Dr Jérôme Drevon, Adviser on Non-State armed groups, ICRC Dr Cordula Droege, Chief Legal Officer & Head of the Legal Division, ICRC Mr Hichem Khadraoui, Head of Operations, Geneva Call Dr Lori-Anne Benoni, Head of Regional Office (Dakar), Institute for Security Studies Prof Ashley Jackson, Co-Director, Centre for the Study of Armed Groups, ODI.

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