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Call for Papers: Terrorism and Belligerency

October 9, 2017

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 second young researchers workshop on “Terrorism and Belligerency”. The workshop will be held at the Minerva Center, University of Haifa between 4-20 February 2018.

Subject-Matter of Workshop

Following the success of the first workshop held in September 2016 (see here), the Minerva Center for RLEC is planning a second young researchers workshop in February 2018. 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).
  • 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.

Purpose of Workshop

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.

Structure of Workshop

This workshop will feature twelve papers selected through this call. The expected formation will include six Israeli researchers and six researchers from outside of Israel. The workshop will be held over a 2.5 weeks period; participants from abroad will be offered residency in the university dormitories.

Workshop Sessions: The participants will convene twice a week for full day sessions of presentations and discussions. During each session, selected participants will present their papers to the workshop group. Senior researchers and practitioners will be invited to the sessions to provide feedback, as well as a weekly keynote presentation. Following each presentation there will be an open discussion among the workshop participants.

Field trip: The participants will be invited for field trips which include, inter alia, planned visits to relevant locations and institutions (such as the Israeli Supreme Court, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, and the security wall) where they will meet with experts and practitioners dealing with issues related to terrorism and belligerency.


Submissions are invited from young researchers, namely PhD candidates, Post-Doctoral fellows, and scholars up to 5 years since the completion of their PhD.

Submission Instructions

Interested scholars should email an abstract of up to 500 words along with current CV by November 17, 2017 to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Researchers asking for support for travel expenses (see article 8 for details) should also submit a letter of request.

Abstracts should reflect papers that have not been published. Researchers should identify their submission with the following subject line: “Minerva Center- Terrorism and Belligerency Workshop 2018.”

For more information on costs and conditions, see link here:



News Roundup – 20-26 September 2017

September 26, 2017

UN peacekeepers killed in Mali explosion

Institute of Global and Area Studies (Hamburg): Religious conflicts on the rise in Africa

Using Capoeira to heal trauma for former child soldiers

US DoD: U.S. Precision Airstrikes Kill 17 ISIS Militants in Libya

General accused of war crimes courted by west in Libya

Libyan armed group seeks legitimacy with Tripoli migrant deal, source says

TRIAL: “Swiss war crimes inquiry into Assad’s uncle stalled”

U.S. allies accuse Russia of strikes in eastern Syria

Human Rights Watch: US-led coalition air strikes killed dozens of civilians near Raqqa in March

Turkey extends troops’ deployment in Iraq and Syria

Iraq hangs 42 Sunni militants convicted of terrorism

Three suspected al Qaeda militants killed in Yemen drone strike

Why are Afghan militants targeting aid workers?

Amnesty International: Video and satellite evidence shows new fires still torching Rohingya villages in Myanmar

Bangladesh wants UN safe zones in Myanmar to protect Rohingya

Rio de Janeiro’s drug war (photos)

Intercross podcast: when war comes to cities

September 25, 2017

News Roundup – 11-19th Sep 2017

September 19, 2017

Reaping the whirlwind: drones flown by non-State actors now pose a lethal threat. 

IRIN news cheat sheet on humanitarian news: Trouble in CAR, trapped in Raqqa and Trump at the UNGA. 

UN Security Council approves one year extension of UN’s political mission in Libya. 

Syria investigator del Ponte signs off with a sting. 

Human Rights Council holds interactive dialogue with Syria Commission of Inquiry. 

Rohingya militants vow to fight Myanmar despite disastrous cost. 

Nigeria: Herders against farmers – Nigeria’s expanding deadly conflict. 

New CRG investigative report: mass killings in Beni territory  (see here for report).

South Sudan needs more than a hybrid court. 

South Sudan army down plays rebel capability to disrupt oil production. 

UN Security Council approves mandate, size and operations of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia. 


YIHL – Call for Papers on Development and Interpretation of IHL

September 4, 2017

Volume 20 of the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law (YIHL) will focus on the general theme: ‘The Development and Interpretation of International Humanitarian Law’. Indeed, how does this branch of public international law develop, and how is it interpreted? What is the role of states in the lawmaking process of international humanitarian law? What is the influence of the new commentaries, by the ICRC and the Geneva Academy? And what can be said about the different manuals in this field? What is the influence of new technology on international humanitarian law, and what role has for instance the Tallinn Manual played in this respect? And finally, how do all these interpretations interact with and correlate to international criminal law and other branches of public international law? In addition to this general theme, this Yearbook will also devote a few of its chapters to the conflict in Syria and Iraq.

Moreover, there is of course the possibility to submit articles on international humanitarian law topics not related to the general theme ‘The Development and Interpretation of International  Humanitarian Law;’ and the conflict in Syria and Iraq.

Interested authors should send their submission before 1 October 2017 to the Managing Editor of the YIHL, Dr. Christophe Paulussen ( Articles should be submitted in conformity with the YIHL guidelines. The Editorial Board aims to publish Vol. 20 (2017) at the end of the ensuing year, in December 2018 at the latest

Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law – OUP

August 21, 2017

CoverWe’ve advertised lots of books on this blog since I started it in 2012, so I hope readers will forgive me for mentioning my own book here –  The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law. It came out 10 days ago with the OUP.

The writing of this book was motivated out of the observation that although there is a continuing academic debate about when armed groups can have obligations under international human rights law, the practice of armed groups being held accountable under human rights law by Commissions of Inquiry, Special Rapporteurs etc. only seems to gather pace.

Arguing that it will impossible to achieve ‘accountability’ unless it is based on a solid legal framework, I set out to bring greater clarity and understanding to the circumstances in which armed groups may be bound by human rights law. I address the debate on this topic by employing a theoretical, historical and comparative analysis that spans international humanitarian law, international criminal law and criminal law. Embedding these different inquiries in public international law, I seek to achieve clarity about when and how armed groups can acquire legal personality under human rights law.

The table of the contents of the book is as follows:-

  1. Introduction
  2. Added Value of Application of International Human Rights Law to Armed Groups
  3. Evaluative Framework: Legal Personality under International Law
  4. The Law on Belligerency and Insurgency and International Legal Prsonality
  5. International Humanitarian Law and International Legal Personality
  6. International Legal Personality of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law
  7. How are Armed Groups Bound by International Humanitarian Law?
  8. Armed Groups and Treaty Law
  9. Control of Territory and Human Rights Obligations of Armed Groups
  10. Armed Groups and Crimes against Humanity
  11. Armed Groups and Customary International Human Rights Law
  12. Conclusions

My thanks go to all the people without whose support the book would never have been written. Special thanks go to Professor Andrew Clapham who kindly wrote the foreword.

40th San Remo Roundtable on IHL

July 12, 2017

The provisional programme for the 40th San Remo Roundtable on IHL has been released and is reproduced below. The roundtable will mark the 40th anniversary of the two Additional Protocols and will focus on the topic of the protection of civilians and gender violence during both armed conflict and internal violence.

It is jointly organized by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law and the International Committee of the Red Cross and will take place in Sanremo from 7 to 9 September 2017. To register for the roundtable, follow the link here.