2015 Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict

Oxford university

Oxford university

This July marks the 3rd annual workshop bringing together academic, military, and government experts from both sides of the North Atlantic to discuss current challenges in International Humanitarian Law.  The International Committee of the Red Cross’s Washington and London delegations co-host the workshop along with the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations Programme and the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security & Law at the University of Texas and South Texas College of Law, Houston. This is a two-day workshop hosted at Oxford University. 

The Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict began in the summer of 2013 with participants from the US, Canada and the United Kingdom, and focusing on fundamental questions of international law relating to military operations. The event placed a particular emphasis on the overlapping areas of International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law. In 2014, the program expanded to include participants from Continental Europe and Israel and focused on security cooperation, the end of conflict, and use of force in counterterrorism operations.  After last year’s workshop, LawfareEJIL:Talk, and Intercross co-hosted a series of six articles based on topics discussed at the workshop (see below links). 

The 2015 workshop will again bring together academics and senior government officials, including military officials, from the UK, continental Europe, North America and Israel.  Participants will discuss the notion of “direct participation in hostilities,” humanitarian access in armed conflict, foreign intervention in non-international armed conflicts, and the judicial application of international humanitarian law, including by national courts and international tribunals. Following the workshop, Lawfare, EJIL:Talk, and Intercross will once again feature a series of blog posts based on discussions at the workshop.  Stay tuned!  

Schedule of Posts

  1. Direct participation in hostilities: what are the issues and where are the controversies? - Professor Marco Sassoli, University of Geneva, September 8 on Intercross
  2. Querying the Roles for Human Rights Bodies in the Interplay between International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law - Professor Joanna Harrington, University of Albert Law School, September 10 on Lawfare
  3. Application of IHL by National Courts - Dr Lawrence Hill‐Cawthorne, University of Oxford, September 15 on  EJIL:Talk 
  4. The Development of International Humanitarian Law by International Criminal Courts and Tribunals - Professor Sandesh Sivakumaran, University of Nottingham, September 17 on Intercross.
  5. Application of IHL by National Courts - Professor Jeff Kahn, Southern Methodist University, September 22 on Lawfare
  6. Humanitarian Relief Operations: Professor Dapo Akande, University of Oxford & Emanuela Gillard, United Nations,  Sepember. 24 on EJIL:Talk