31 July 2017
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.
We are launching an updated version of our Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts (RULAC) portal, an online database that identifies and classifies all situations of armed violence that amount to an armed conflict under international humanitarian law (IHL). The updated version includes all conflicts that have emerged over the last five years and are still ongoing.
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.
This research aims at building a common understanding and vision as to how states and the relevant parts of the UN system can provide a concrete and practical framework to address human rights responsibilities of armed non-state actors.
Launched in 2016, this project aimed to identify whether, to what extent and under what circumstances armed non-state actors incur obligations under international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights (HR) law.