This event marks the launch in Geneva of the collective volume International Humanitarian Law and Non-State Actors: Debates, Law and Practice (Springer/T.M.C. Asser, 2020) edited by Ezequiel Heffes, Marcos Kotlik and Manuel Ventura.
On this occasion, panelists will reflect on current legal, policy and practical issues that concern non-State actors – non-State armed groups, individuals, the United Nations (UN) through its different agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), humanitarian NGOs and human rights bodies – in and around situations of armed conflict.
International Humanitarian Law and Non-State Actors: Debates, Law and Practice challenges the traditional approach to international law by concentrating on international humanitarian law and placing the focus beyond States: it reflects on current legal, policy and practical issues that concern non-State actors in and around situations of armed conflict.
IHL has long recognized the roles that multiple non-State entities play. While in recent times, purely international armed conflicts have declined in frequency; those involving non-State armed groups have increased and are now in the majority. These armed actors, individuals, the UN through its different agencies, the ICRC, humanitarian NGOs and human rights bodies, among others, interact among themselves and with States on a daily basis and for many different reasons. These interactions are often related to the application, interpretation, disregard or reinforcement of IHL, and even to the creation of new rules, thus affecting the lives of people in situations of armed conflict around the world.
This book explores and engages with these dynamics, highlighting the importance of thoroughly assessing how non-State actors’ roles may impact the resolution of practical and theoretical problems in the realm of IHL. By addressing prominent debates in the field, each contribution allows for the reconfiguration of strategies to deal with specific issues and compels our attention towards the possible parts each actor may play in that reconfiguration.
Tram 15, tram stop Butini
Bus 1 or 25, bus stop Perle du Lac
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Students of our MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law worked throughout the summer on their master’s paper, in which they addressed specific transitional justice topics.
Lisa Borden, a practising trial lawyer in the US for 30 years and currently enrolled in our LLM tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
Robin Geiß, Swiss Chair of IHL at the Geneva Academy, will explore the disruptive potential of new military technologies with a focus on those areas where these technologies could fall through the cracks of the international legal order.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
This training course will explore the origin and evolution of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and its functioning in Geneva and will focus on the nature of implementation of the UPR recommendations at the national level.
This short course discusses the protection offered by international humanitarian law (IHL) in non-international armed conflicts (NIACs) and addresses some problems and controversies specific to IHL of NIACs, including the difficulty to ensure the respect of IHL by armed non-state actors.
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.
The Geneva Human Rights Platform contributes to this review process by providing expert input via different avenues, by facilitating dialogue on the review among various stakeholders, as well as by accompanying the development of a follow-up resolution to 68/268 in New York and in Geneva.