Our strategic adviser on international humanitarian law, Dr Annyssa Bellal, will participate on 28 and 29 July 2016 to the 'Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict', Co-sponsored by the ICRC, the European University Institute, the University of Texas and the University of Oxford's Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict. She will talk about the issue of armed groups in the light of the new 2016 ICRC commentary of article 3 common to the 1949 Geneva Conventions. This is related to her research on armed non-state actors, which has resulted in a number of publications in the past, and most recently to the Academy's publication entitled: 'Human Rights Obligations of Armed Non-State Actors: An Exploration of the Practice of the UN Human Rights Council'. The Academy continues its research on the issue of armed non-state actors in 2017 and 2018. Dr Bellal will concentrate on the study of the practice of armed non-state actors and its relation to international law.
Our 2016 Annual Report is out! It provides an overview of our activities and achievements.
Ten years after the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council, our new publication highlights the current challenges related to the Council’s approach to armed non-state actors and proposes recommendations to better address this phenomenon.
The Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts project (RULAC) is a unique online portal that identifies and classifies all situations of armed violence that amount to an armed conflict under international humanitarian law (IHL). It is primarily a legal reference source for a broad audience, including non-specialists, interested in issues surrounding the classification of armed conflicts under IHL.
This research project looked at the reactions to norms of more than 30 armed groups worldwide.