Advances in technology have dominated much of the debate in the field of international humanitarian law in recent years. The topics of discussion have presented complex legal challenges, such as how to regulate the domain of cyber space and often focussed on the risks and fears generated by technologies such as autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.
Presenting the other side of the story, this seminar will be particularly relevant to diplomats and experts working in disarmament, human rights and humanitarian affairs. Whether trough collection of data in social media, mapping of areas in need, or using areal drones for search and rescue operations, the seminar will demonstrate the new ways in which technological advances can enhance protection for victims of armed conflict.
Noam Lubell, Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law at the Geneva Academy and Professor of Public International Law and Head of the School of Law at the University of Essex
Kamilo Melo, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Biorobotics Laboratory, EPFL
Joanne Mariner, Senior Crisis Response Adviser, Amnesty International.
Hadi Alkhatib, Founding Member and Project Lead of The Syrian Archive project
Coffee will be served as of 17:15 and a light cocktail will be served at the end of the event.
Tram 15 direction Place des Nations - tram stop Maison de la Paix
Our new publication Libya: A Short Guide to the Conflict provides an overview of the current situation in Libya and key developments in 2017. It notably describes the many sources of the instability in the country from 2014 until today and provides an overview of the role and involvement of the various armed groups, as well as a mapping of foreign involvement in the Libyan conflict.
In 2016, 49 situations of armed violence amounted to armed conflicts according to international humanitarian law and international criminal law. The vast majority are non-international armed conflicts, as in preceding years, highlighting the changing nature of warfare. The analysis highlights two trends: the heavy toll of current armed conflicts on civilians often trapped in sieges and battlefields in cities and increased international interventions in conflicts.
This course focuses on the specific issues that arise in times of armed conflict regarding the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. It addresses key issues like the applicability of human rights in times of armed conflict; the possibilities of restricting human rights under systems of limitations and derogations; and the extraterritorial application of human rights law.
This course aims to study, in depth, an emblematic example of the complexity of international humanitarian law and the challenges it raises: the classification of armed conflicts.
This project, initiated in 2014 by the Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law, Professor Noam Lubell, intends to identify, via expert meetings and research, a set of best practices that states should apply when they investigate or examine alleged violations or misconduct in situations of armed conflict.
Several ad hoc fact-finding and inquiry commissions have been established to assess some of the most serious situations of human rights and humanitarian law violations across the world. With such mechanisms gaining influence, the question arises of whether a minimum formal standard of proof (or degree of certainty) exists or is required when such bodies adjudicate on such serious matters.