Our Strategic Adviser on International Humanitarian Law, Dr Annyssa Bellal, participated on 28 and 29 July 2016 to the 'Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict', co-sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the European University Institute, the University of Texas and the University of Oxford's Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict.
She talked about the issue of armed groups in light of the new 2016 ICRC Commentary of article 3 common to the 1949 Geneva Conventions. Her presentation related to her research on armed non-state actors, which resulted in a number of publications, including our recent publication entitled 'Human Rights Obligations of Armed Non-State Actors: An Exploration of the Practice of the UN Human Rights Council'.
We continue our research on the issue of armed non-state actors in 2017 and 2018: Dr Bellal is currently concentrating on the study of the practice of armed non-state actors and its relation to international law.
On 29 and 30 June 2017 the Geneva Academy, in collaboration with the University of Essex, held the first Conference on Current Issues in Armed Conflicts.
Our 2016 Annual Report is out! It provides an overview of our activities and achievements.
This research project looked at the reactions to norms of more than 30 armed groups worldwide.
This project aims at compiling and analysing the practice and interpretation of selected international humanitarian law and human rights norms by armed non-state actors (ANSAs). It has a pragmatic double objective: first, to offer a comparative analysis of IHL and human rights norms from the perspective of ANSAs, and second, to inform strategies of humanitarian engagement with ANSAs, in particular the content of a possible ‘Model Code of Conduct’.