ICRC in DC is now Hiring a Deputy Legal Advisor

ICRC in DC is now Hiring a Deputy Legal Advisor

ICRC in DC is now hiring an Deputy Legal Advisor. The main purpose of this position is to provide legal advice and analysis to the delegation on matters of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)/Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) and U.S. domestic law, to support the ICRC’s mission in the United States and Canada.  Apply by March 17, 2017. 

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Drought in Somalia

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Drought in Somalia

While droughts are cyclical in Somalia, last year’s failed rains have exacerbated this year’s conditions, devastating communities dependent on them for their livestock and livelihood. To help those most affected, the ICRC and the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) are currently distributing food to 140,000 drought-affected people, with hopes to reach an additional 10,0000 with cash and other essential items in coming days. The situation is so dire that Sared Haji Jaama, a mother living in a Somali displacement camp responded to a question about conditions, she said "I simply have no words for this drought." For this week’s roundup, we take a look at some of the conversations and discussions happening around the drought in Somalia as portrayed by the media and online outlets.

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Mélange du Mercredi/The Evolution of Warfare

Mélange du Mercredi/The Evolution of Warfare

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading, film and other scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. This week, we're looking at the latest edition of the International Review of the Red Cross, The Evolution of Warfare.  We've featured the book reviews contained in this edition in earlier Mélange du Mercredis, but the overall Review itself deserves some attention in light of current discussions. 

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Intercross The Podcast: Episode #3 The Importance of IHL with Brigadier General (ret.) Rich Gross

Intercross The Podcast: Episode #3 The Importance of IHL with Brigadier General (ret.) Rich Gross

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Brigadier General (ret.) Rich Gross, the former Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Intercross about the importance of international humanitarian law (IHL) and reflections on IHL after decades of service, including as the Legal Adviser for NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and US forces in Afghanistan.  Gross talks about his personal experiences in the military and interactions with the ICRC. Hosted by Tracey Begley.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The ICRC in History, February 17, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The ICRC in History, February 17, 2017

On February 17, 1863, a group of Geneva citizens founded an International Committee for Relief to the Wounded, which later became known as the International Committee of the Red Cross. One hundred and fifty four years later, the ICRC works in nearly 80 countries around the globe. For this week’s roundup, we’re doing something a little different and taking a look at the ICRC’s long and storied history by delving into our archives. 

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Introducing The Second Multi-Blog Series On The Updated Geneva Conventions Commentaries

Introducing The Second Multi-Blog Series On The Updated Geneva Conventions Commentaries

Today, we are launching the second episode of the multi-blog series examining the Geneva Convention Updated Commentaries, focusing on GCI and the arming of military medical personnel, units and transports. To what extent can military medical personnel, units and transports be armed? When permitted, can they be armed with weaponry heavier than the so-called “light” individual weapons? When would this constitute an “act harmful to the enemy”? Which implications does arming them have in terms of the entitlement to display the distinctive emblem of the Conventions? Heather Brandon kicks off the conversation. 

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Mélange du Mercredi/ Commentary on the First Geneva Convention

Mélange du Mercredi/ Commentary on the First Geneva Convention

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading, film and other scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. This week, Jean-Marie Henckaerts shares his experiences of working on the updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention, published last week and now available Hardback, Paperback and eBook format from Cambridge Press. As always, if you have suggestions, or would like to submit a post on something you feel our readers will also enjoy, we're happy to include them. Just email Editor Niki Clark

 

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #2 The Long and Dedicated Path to ICRC with Charlotte Lindsey

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #2 The Long and Dedicated Path to ICRC with Charlotte Lindsey

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, ICRC Director of Communications Charlotte Lindsey sits down with Intercross to discuss her journey to becoming the first non-Swiss delegate with the ICRC, the changing way we communicate, and how her decades with the organization started with a simple book recommendation. Hosted by Niki Clark.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Aid Workers are #NotATarget February 10, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Aid Workers are #NotATarget February 10, 2017

For this week’s roundup, we’ve collected some of the media coverage and public condemnation on horrific attacks on Red Cross aid workers in Afghanistan, Syria, and Nigeria. Today and every day we in Washington stand with our colleagues who risk their lives to save others. Aid workers are #NotATarget.

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New IHL Resource Hub on Intercross

New IHL Resource Hub on Intercross

Announcing our latest addition, the Intercross IHL Resource Hub. The Hub is not meant to be comprehensive (the ICRC website serves that purpose) but to be a collection of our most-used resources, accessible for both the newcomer as well as the IHL seasoned practitioner. You'll find the latest and most used databases, publications, learning/teaching modules and videos on International Humanitarian Law, with popular quick links are located on the right hand side of the page.

 

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Mélange du Mercredi/The Role of National Courts in Applying International Humanitarian Law

Mélange du Mercredi/The Role of National Courts in Applying International Humanitarian Law

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix), our weekly book review courtesy of our friends over at the International Review of the Red Cross. Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading resources and focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. This week, Shane Darcy reviews The Role of National Courts in Applying International Humanitarian Law by Sharon Weill.

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News Release: Six ICRC Staff Members Killed, Two Unaccounted for in Attack in Afghanistan

News Release: Six ICRC Staff Members Killed, Two Unaccounted for in Attack in Afghanistan

Six staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan have been shot and killed. Two staff members remain unaccounted for. Unknown armed men attacked the convoy as it was on its way to deliver much-needed livestock materials in the Jawzan province. 

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #1 Humanity at the Heart of Compliance with Brian McQuinn and Jonathan Somer

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #1 Humanity at the Heart of Compliance with Brian McQuinn and Jonathan Somer

Welcome to our FIRST EPISODE of Intercross the Podcast. Today, host Tracy Begley speaks with Brian McQuinn and Jonathan Somer talk about the challenges of working with non-state armed groups. McQuinn and Somer both have extensive experience working with non-state armed groups around the world, trying to strengthen compliance with international humanitarian law. What they both conclude: humanity is at the heart of compliance. 

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Introducing Intercross the Podcast

Introducing Intercross the Podcast

We are very excited to announce the long-awaited launch of Intercross the Podcast. Listen to our introductory episode to learn more about your hosts, our vision for the podcasts and what you can expect. And then, every Tuesday, come back for new episodes covering topics ranging from operational updates and legal discussions to humanitarian profiles and pop cultural influences on the perceptions of war.

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Mélange du Mercredi/Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law

Mélange du Mercredi/Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix), our weekly book review courtesy of our friends over at the International Review of the Red Cross. Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading resources and focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. This week, Sarah Barr reviews Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law, edited by David James Cantor and Jean-François Durieux.

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