Call for papers for the 2016 Richard R. Baxter Military Writing Prize

Call for papers for the 2016 Richard R. Baxter Military Writing Prize

Since 2007, the Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict, an interest group of the American Society of International Law, has annually recognized a paper that significantly enhances the understanding and implementation of the law of war has. The Richard R. Baxter Military Prize is awarded for exceptional writing in English by an active member of the regular or reserve armed forces, regardless of nationality.

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The 2nd Quarterly IHL Bibliography is out!

The 2nd Quarterly IHL Bibliography is out!

Last week ICRC's library in Geneva released the second of four yearly International Humanitarian Law (IHL) bibliographies, which list new acquisitions to the library. 

As part of its mission, the ICRC is charged with disseminating and developing IHL or the Law of Armed Conflict.  To contribute to this effort, the ICRC's library maintains an extensive collection of IHL documents to help internal and external researchers, students and legal professionals working in the field of IHL.  

 

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What You Need to Know about Aiding Civilians Trapped in Conflict

What You Need to Know about Aiding Civilians Trapped in Conflict

Consider the following dilemma. Thousands of people are trapped inside a city that is running out of food, water and other basic aid. An armed conflict has engulfed the broader country for years. Government military forces outside the city have blocked humanitarian convoys to this city for months to starve fighters inside. These were the types of scenarios and questions that more than thirty experts discussed at a closed door roundtable convened by the ICRC Washington delegation and InterAction this past April. The roundtable sought to identify what policymakers, militaries, humanitarians and other actors should consider as they contemplate interventions to protect and assist civilians` at-grave risk.

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International Review- Reflections on Nuclear Weapons 70 Years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki

International Review- Reflections on Nuclear Weapons 70 Years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Today, August 6, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and, three days later, Nagasaki. Earlier this year, ICRC President Peter Maurer and Tadateru Konoe, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and of the Japanese Red Cross, visited Hiroshima together and later reflected on the human cost of nuclear weapons in an interview featured in an upcoming edition of the International Review of the Red Cross.

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Contemporary IHL challenges: internment in armed conflict

Contemporary IHL challenges: internment in armed conflict

Deprivation of liberty - detention - is a common and lawful occurrence in armed conflict that is governed by a large number of provisions of international humanitarian law (IHL). Like other bodies of law, IHL prohibits arbitrary detention. This PDF outlines the basic concepts and rules related to detention in both international and non-international armed conflicts with, subsequently, a particular focus on internment (i.e. detention for security reasons in situations of armed conflict.) The similarities and differences between IHL and the corresponding rules of international human rights law are also addressed where relevant.

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Joint series: Developing the law of non-international armed conflict

Joint series: Developing the law of non-international armed conflict

In the sixth post of our joint series with Lawfare and EJIL: Talk!, today, Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne, responds to Monday's post by Sarah Cleveland about the potential for applying the rules that must be observed in an international armed conflict (IAC) to a non-international armed conflict (NIAC). 

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Joint series: Where IHL and IHRL intersect - Part II of Ken Watkin's guest post

Joint series: Where IHL and IHRL intersect - Part II of Ken Watkin's guest post

Throughout the month of September, Intercross, along with two other blogs - Lawfare andEJIL:Talk! - is running a series of articles following up on this summer’s 2nd annual Tansatlantic Dialogue on International Law and Armed Conflict, which took place in Oxford in July. Today, Brigadier General Kenneth "Ken" Watkin brings us the second of a two-part article on the overlap between IHL and IHRL. Ken, who served as a JAG with the Canadian Armed Forces and is an expert on military law, offers his take from a North American perspective. The views expressed in this article are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the ICRC or the other blogs taking part in this series.

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Day of the Disappeared: "The Missing" must not be forgotten

Day of the Disappeared: "The Missing" must not be forgotten

Geneva (ICRC) – To mark International Day of the Disappeared on August 30, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is calling on the international community to show greater awareness of the tragedy of people who have gone missing and the plight of their families.

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Perspectives on the ICRC: John Bellinger's take

Perspectives on the ICRC: John Bellinger's take

The latest edition of the International Review of the Red Cross - a quarterly academic journal the ICRC publishes with Cambridge University Press - explores the ICRC’s diverse 150-year-old past, as well as future challenges for humanitarian action. (The ICRC turned 150 in February 2013, and in August 2014 we will mark the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the First Geneva Convention on the protection of the sick and wounded.)

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Contemporary IHL challenges: Use of force and non-international armed conflicts

Contemporary IHL challenges: Use of force and non-international armed conflicts

The ICRC recently published a new report on the "Use of Force in Armed Conflicts". The outcome of an expert meeting held in Switzerland, the report examines the interplay between the conduct of hostilities and law enforcement paradigms, particularly in non-international armed conflicts (NIACs). 

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Call for papers for the Richard R Baxter Military Writing Prize

Call for papers for the Richard R Baxter Military Writing Prize

Since 2007, the Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict, an interest group of the American Society of International Law, has annually recognized a paper that significantly enhances the understanding and implementation of the law of war has. The Richard R. Baxter Military Prize is awarded for exceptional writing in English by an active member of the regular or reserve armed forces, regardless of nationality.

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Discussing the future of humanitarian action at CSIS

Discussing the future of humanitarian action at CSIS

Several factors today seem to demonstrate profound changes in the sector: the development of crises and vulnerabilities and the risks that are emerging, the environment around humanitarian action and the contemporary challenges to compliance with humanitarian principles, law, and access to victims.

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