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25-29 September 2017
Fee: 500 Swiss Francs

12th Advanced Seminar in International Humanitarian Law for University Lecturers and Researchers

Rafah, 2009. The ICRC provides the farmers located in the buffer zones with wheat seeds Rafah, 2009. The ICRC provides the farmers located in the buffer zones with wheat seeds

 

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How does the current humanitarian landscape look like? What specific sources can be relied upon to interpret IHL provisions today? Where do the ICRC and the academic community stand in the current IHL debates? On which topics is academic research focusing? How can university lecturers teach IHL in an original, interactive and practice-oriented fashion?

Organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Geneva Academy, the 12th edition of this advanced seminar aims to enhance the capacity of lecturers and researchers to teach and research international humanitarian law (IHL) contemporary issues, addressing both substantive and pedagogical aspects. 

Profile of Candidates

The seminar is addressed to academics holding a teaching/research position at a university or an academic institute. Candidates should have a very good knowledge of IHL and related fields of international law, and be motivated to improve and update their teaching skills in these subjects. As the seminar will be held in English, proficiency in this language is required.

Content

The seminar will address specific topics, such as recent trends in the classification of armed conflicts, foreign fighters, counterterrorism and IHL, challenges in the conduct of hostilities in today's armed conflicts, sexual violence and detention-related issues, implementation of IHL in courts, but also IHL teaching and research methodology.

In the evening, participants will be invited to conferences reflecting on humanitarian issues currently faced in situations of armed conflicts and violence, as well as relating to the implementation of IHL. Several visits are also planned to help participants grasp the historical origins of IHL and how it is implemented in armed conflicts today.To get a better sense of the content and format of seminar sessions, interested candidates are welcome to watch videos from the 2015 edition and listen to podcasts from the 2013 edition.

Format

IHL substance, research and teaching methodology will be explored through panel discussions, debates, case studies, workshops, readings, research and visits. Sessions will be given by leading academics from Geneva and beyond, ICRC legal advisers and various experts. To foster interactions and debate amongst participants, sessions will be chaired by several speakers, who will provide different /complementary perspectives. Side events will also provide participants with informal opportunities for discussions with senior ICRC staff. Participants will be invited to keep in touch for further academic exchanges through a specific social media group.

Cost and Expenses

A fee of 500 CHF is required as a contribution to the total cost of the seminar. This covers the lectures, seminar materials as well as lunch and dinner the first and last day of the seminar. Participants are expected to cover their travel costs to and from Geneva as well as accommodation during their stay.

Application Process and Deadline

Interested candidates should submit:

  • A completed application form
  • A curriculum vitae including a updated list of academic publications
  • A cover letter explaining the applicant's motivation and expectations
  • A letter of recommendation
  • A short abstract (max 150 words) about a humanitarian/legal issue or theme they are currently working on

Completed applications should be sent electronically to the following email address: ihlcourse@icrc.org. Any applications received after 30th June 2017 will not be considered by the selection committee. The number of participants is limited to 35. Candidates will be notified of the selection committee's decision by Monday, 31st July 2017.

Professors and Lecturers

Location

 Most of the seminar will take place at the Humanitarium (ICRC Conference Centre, 17 Avenue de la paix). Some sessions will also take place at the Villa Moynier (Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, 120B rue de Lausanne).

Access

Humanitarium

Bus 8, direction OMS – bus stop Appia

Bus F, V or Z – bus stop Appia

Villa Moynier

Tram 15, Direction Nations - tram stop Butini

Bus 1 or 25, Direction Jardin Botanique - bus stop Sécheron

Villa Moynier is accessible to people with disabilities. If you have a disability or any additional needs and require assistance in order to participate fully, please email info@geneva-academy.ch

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