World at a turning point: Heads of UN and Red Cross issue joint warning

World at a turning point: Heads of UN and Red Cross issue joint warning

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, have issued an unprecedented joint warning about the impact of today's conflicts on civilians and appealed for urgent and concrete action to address human suffering and insecurity.

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2015 Joint Series: Application of IHL by National Courts

2015 Joint Series: Application of IHL by National Courts

In the fifth installment of our Transatlantic Dialogue Series, Professor Jeff Kahn addresses the role of national courts in interpreting and applying IHL. Mr. Kahn is a Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University. The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of the ICRC or the other blogs taking part in this series.

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2015 Joint Series: The Development of International Humanitarian Law by International Criminal Courts and Tribunals

2015 Joint Series: The Development of International Humanitarian Law by International Criminal Courts and Tribunals

In the fourth installment of our Transatlantic Dialogue Series, Professor Sandesh Sivakumaran discusses the role that International courts and tribunals have played in developing International Humanitarian Law. Mr. Sivakumaran is a Professor of Public International Law. He is also a non-resident research fellow at the United States Naval War College Stockton Center for International Law and a member of the advisory board of Geneva Call.

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2015 Joint Series: The Application of IHL by National Courts

2015 Joint Series: The Application of IHL by National Courts

This is the third installment of our "Transatlantic Dialogue" Joint Series with the blogs Lawfare and EJIL:Talk!, examining various aspects of the law of war. Today, Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne discusses the application of IHL by national courts. 

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2015 Joint Series: Querying the Roles for Human Rights Bodies in the Interplay between International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law

2015 Joint Series: Querying the Roles for Human Rights Bodies in the Interplay between International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law

In the second installment of our Transatlantic Dialogue Series, Professor Joanna Harrington discusses the interplay between International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law.  Ms. Harrington is a Professor of Law at the University of Alberta, where she specializes in international law, constitutional law, and comparative public law.  

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Joint Series - Direct participation in hostilities: what are the issues and where are the controversies?

Joint Series - Direct participation in hostilities: what are the issues and where are the controversies?

Throughout the month of September, Intercross, along with two other blogs - Lawfare and EJIL:Talk! -  is running a series of articles following up on this summer’s 3nd annual Tansatlantic Dialogue on International Law and Armed Conflict, which took place in Oxford in July.  This edition discusses Direct participation in hostilities (DPH),  a central concept of International Humanitarian Law (IHL).  It makes the difference between conduct that amounts to a war crime – deliberately targeting a civilian – and conduct which is perfectly lawful – deliberately targeting a civilian while s/he directly participates in hostilities.

 

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2015 Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict

2015 Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict

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.

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Opinion Piece: Rejecting Torture Is the Right Thing to Do

Opinion Piece: Rejecting Torture Is the Right Thing to Do

As today marks the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we have chosen to re-post an opinion piece written by ICRC's President, Peter Maurer.  The piece was originally published in the Huffington Post in December 2014.

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Opinion article: Rejecting torture is the right thing to do

Opinion article: Rejecting torture is the right thing to do

Unsurprisingly, the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s summary report on CIA detention, rendition, and interrogation has sparked renewed debate in the United States over the use of torture.

Much of the discussion over the past week has focused on whether the use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” produces actionable intelligence or useful information.

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2014 Joint series: Taming war through law - a philosophical & legal perspective

2014 Joint series: Taming war through law - a philosophical & legal perspective

This is our final post in the joint series we've been running this month, along with our friends over at Lawfare and the European Journal of International Law (EJIL:Talk!), on topics discussed in July at a transatlantic workshop on armed conflict and international law in Oxford. Intercross is pleased to bring you this article by Guest Blogger, Guglielmo Verdirame - an Italian-born Professor of International Law at King's College London in the Department of War Studies and the School of Law. He was previously a university lecturer in law at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law, and a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. He also practices as a barrister. The views expressed in this piece are his own. Thanks to all of the guest bloggers, who contributed to this great series! (See a full list of all posts below.) We hope to do it again next fall!

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2014 Joint series: The intersection of battlefield regulation & criminal responsibility

In this penultimate post from the Transatlantic Dialogue on International Law and Armed Conflict series, Geoff Corn (South Texas) discusses the topic of how criminal responsibility relates to battlefield regulation.

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2014 Joint series: Harmonizing standards in armed conflict

2014 Joint series: Harmonizing standards in armed conflict

This is the fourth post in a joint series with Lawfare and EJIL:Talk!(the blog of the European Journal of International Law) looking at issues related to international law and armed conflict. These articles are the fruit of a transatlantic workshop that took place in Oxford over the summer. 

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2014 Joint series: Lawfare’s Bobby Chesney examines when IHL ceases to apply

Throughout September, in coordination with our friends over at Lawfare and EJIL:Talk!, we’re following up on this summer’s 2nd annual Tansatlantic Dialogue on International Law and Armed Conflict (which took place in Oxford in July) with a joint blog series exploring a range of interesting issues, including when international humanitarian law ceases to apply.

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2014 Transatlantic dialogue on international law and armed conflict: a joint series

2014 Transatlantic dialogue on international law and armed conflict: a joint series

In the middle of July, a group of academics and government lawyers gathered for two days at Britain's Oxford University to discuss issues related to current challenges pertaining to armed conflict and the applicable law. Participants came from both sides of the Atlantic (the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, and Israel) to share views on a variety of topics.

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Guest Blogger, Michael Schmitt, delves into the applicability of IHL in cyber space

Guest Blogger, Michael Schmitt, delves into the applicability of IHL in cyber space

Ahead of the ICRC's "Internet in bello" debate in Geneva on Thurday and in response to our recent and wide-ranging interview with top US cyber expert, Peter W. Singer, Intercross invited Prof. Michael N. Schmitt, to weigh in on some of the thorny legal questions surrounding cyber warfare. For example, does a cyber exchange alone qualify as an armed conflict? Or, when is a forceful response to a cyber operation justified?

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