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.
We are pleased to announce that the American Society of International Law has awarded their 2017 Certificate of Merit for ‘High Technical Craftsmanship and Utility to Practicing Lawyers and Scholars’ to the book The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary, edited by Professors Andrew Clapham, Paola Gaeta, and Marco Sassòli.
This event marks the launch of Dr Katharine Fortin’s new book ‘The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law’.
This project aims to understand and study the practice and views of armed non-state actors on key norms of international humanitarian law and human rights law.
This project looked at how to enhance compliance by armed non-state actors with international norms, taking into account the views both of the actors themselves and the experiences of those engaged in dialogue with them.