Mélange du Mercredi: Fighting Together

Mélange du Mercredi: Fighting Together

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. Recently ICRC's Humanitarian Law & Policy Blog featured a two-part blog post introducing the topic of State support to one or more of the Parties to an armed conflict and the implications regarding IHL. 

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Foreign Fighters October 27, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Foreign Fighters October 27, 2017

Rhetoric that “dehumanizes” and “demonizes” the enemy or suggests that a particular adversary is “outside the bounds of humanity” and can be treated “as if humanitarian law doesn’t apply” is highly concerning, ICRC’s Deputy Director for the Middle East Patrick Hamilton told reporters this week. Hamilton was speaking at a news conference on the issue of foreign fighters and their families leaving Iraq and Syria. Such language, which could appear to justify war crimes or illegal treatment of detainees, has become more common on all sides of the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the discussion around foreign fighters, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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Mélange du Mercredi: Autonomous Weapon Systems and Ethics

Mélange du Mercredi: Autonomous Weapon Systems and Ethics

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. Recently ICRC's Humanitarian Law & Policy Blog begin a mini-series on autonomous weapon systems and ethics. In August of 2017, the ICRC convened a small group of independent experts to discuss this subject. Held under the Chatham House Rule, the aim of the discussion was to take stock of the main ethical issues raised by autonomous weapon systems and to consider the ethical underpinnings of any requirement for human control over weapon systems and the use of force in armed conflict. A blog series will follow, the intro is here. 

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Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict: Wounded and Sick and the Proportionality Assessment

Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict: Wounded and Sick and the Proportionality Assessment

In the final installment of our Transatlantic Dialogue Series, Jann K. Kleffner discusses the wounded, sick and the proportionality assessment. Mr. Kleffner is Professor of International Law and Head of the Centre for International and Operational Law at the Swedish Defence University. His research is on public international law, with a special focus on the international law of military operations, including the law of armed conflict and peace operations, jus ad bellum, international criminal law, and human rights law.

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ICRC Panels on Law of Naval Warfare, Military Commissions at International Law Weekend in NYC October 20-21, 2017

ICRC Panels on Law of Naval Warfare, Military Commissions at International Law Weekend in NYC October 20-21, 2017

The American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) and the International Law Students Association (ILSA) is hosting their annual International Law Weekend (ILW) conference in New York City from October 19-21, 2017. Theevent brings together hundreds of practitioners, law professors, members of governmental and non-governmental organizations, and students. The theme of ILW 2017 is “International Law in Challenging Times.” For our NYC-based readers, there will be two panels featuring ICRC speakers. The full schedule is available here. Register here

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Mélange du Mercredi: War in Cities; How to Treat the Disease without Killing the Patient

Mélange du Mercredi: War in Cities; How to Treat the Disease without Killing the Patient

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. Recently ICRC's Humanitarian Law & Policy Blog published an analysis by Editor Vincent Bernard on the key rules of IHL that can provide critical guidance in the preparation of future urban operations. It also explores the main challenges in the application of these rules.

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Online Launch of the International Review of the Red Cross - War and security at sea

Online Launch of the International Review of the Red Cross - War and security at sea

International Review of the Red Cross has just launched its new edition on "War and security at sea". This issue of the Review addresses not only the IHL considerations related to armed conflict at sea, but also the role of bodies of law such as the law of the sea, the law of neutrality and human rights law, as many of today's maritime operations are related to law enforcement or to humanitarian assistance.

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Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict: The obligation to “Ensure Respect” for IHL; The Debate Continues

Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict: The obligation to “Ensure Respect” for IHL; The Debate Continues

In the first installment of our Transatlantic Dialogue Series, Marten Zwanenburg discusses ensuring respect for IHL. Mr. Zwanenburg is the Legal Counsel at the ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands. The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of the ministry of Foreign Affairs, any other part of the Government of the Netherlands or ICRC or the other blogs taking part in this series.

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Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict: Introduction to a Joint Blog Series

Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict: Introduction to a Joint Blog Series

Over the coming weeks, three blogs - IntercrossEJIL:Talk!, and Lawfare - will host a joint blog symposium on International Law and Armed Conflict. The series will feature posts by some of the participants at the Fifth Annual Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict, which was held at the European University Institute in Florence in late July. As per previous years, the workshop brought together a group of academic, military, and governmental experts from both sides of the Atlantic. The roundtable, held under the Chatham House Rule, was held over two days and examined contemporary questions of international law relating to military operations.

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Changing the narrative on IHL (A Live-Streamed Event)

Changing the narrative on IHL (A Live-Streamed Event)

On September 27, 2017 from 12 PM to 1:45 PM EST, a live-streamed expert panel at the Humanitarium will reflect on ways to reframe the narrative on IHL by focusing on contemporary examples of respect.  Based on the promotion of instances of respect, the panel will reflect on new approaches and initiatives to reaffirm the relevance and usefulness of IHL and improve respect for it.  The conference is part of the ICRC's Conference Cycle on Generating respect for the law and will be live-streamed here.

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Mélange du Mercredi: Generating Respect for the Law

Mélange du Mercredi: Generating Respect for the Law

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. As you may know, since 2014 the Law and Policy Department of ICRC has run an annual research and debate cycle around selected themes of the International Review with the aim of generating research, new ideas and new publications. The outcomes of the cycles are composed of a series of publications and multi-media resources. They form a wealth of up-to-date resources on the selected themes. This week we take a look at the Generating Respect for the Law cycle.

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Registration is Now Open for the 5th Annual Clara Barton IHL Competition

Registration is Now Open for the 5th Annual Clara Barton IHL Competition

We are excited to announce that the 2018 Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition Application is now available! Applications will be accepted through 10pm EST on November 13th, 2017. Teams are encouraged to submit their packet as soon as possible. The Committee will announce the selected teams by Monday, December 4th, 2017.

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Mélange du Mercredi: Humanitarian Perspectives on the Changing Face of War

Mélange du Mercredi: Humanitarian Perspectives on the Changing Face of War

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 are taking a look at the new e-briefing e-briefing based on the editorial written by Vincent Bernard, editor-in-chief of the International Review of the Red Cross for the issue on “Evolution of Warfare.” 

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Humanitarian Access in Armed Conflicts: the Key Role of Local Actors (Live-Stream Event)

Humanitarian Access in Armed Conflicts: the Key Role of Local Actors (Live-Stream Event)

On September 18, 2017, the ICRC and the Humanitarian Policy Group will convene a live-streamed panel at the Humanitarium gathering humanitarian agencies and researchers to identify current access challenges for international and local organizations. What strategies do agencies use to gain access? How can we better harness the experience of local organizations to improve access to people in need? The conference is part of the ICRC's Conference Cycle on generating respect for the law. To watch live-stream event and for more information on panel, go here.

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Call for Applications: Enable Makeathon 2.0

Call for Applications: Enable Makeathon 2.0

The ICRC and its partners including the Global Disability Innovation Hub, invites persons with disabilities, engineers, designers, scientists, innovators, manufacturers, investors, entrepreneurs and humanitarians, to join the Enable Makeathon 2 movement to develop appropriate solutions for challenges of Accessibility and Employability faced by persons with disabilities at the bottom of the pyramid.The last date for applications is September 30, 2017.  The First round applications closes on the September 10th, and the second round applications closes on September 30th.

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International Humanitarian Law Course for Practitioners (in Geneva)

Organized by the ICRC, this immersive five-day course in international humanitarian law (IHL) is open to humanitarian practitioners who wish to become acquainted with the legal framework applicable to armed conflict. Combining theory and practice, the course follows a methodology involving exercises, simulations and discussions based on the actual challenges that humanitarian workers face today. Ahead of the on-site course, participants will follow an online training aimed at familiarizing them with the basic rules and principles of IHL. Application deadline September 10. 

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Mélange du Mercredi: Principles Guiding Humanitarian Action

Mélange du Mercredi: Principles Guiding Humanitarian Action

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. As you may know, since 2014 the Law and Policy Department of ICRC has run an annual research and debate cycle around selected themes of the International Review with the aim of generating research, new ideas and new publications. The outcomes of the cycles are composed of a series of publications and multi-media resources. They form a wealth of up-to-date resources on the selected themes. This week we take a look at the Principles Guiding Humanitarian Action cycle.

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Gone but Not Forgotten: Migrants, Mothers and the Missing (August 30 Recorded Panel)

Gone but Not Forgotten: Migrants, Mothers and the Missing (August 30 Recorded Panel)

On August 30, in honor of the International Day of the Disappeared, the ICRC will be holding a conference at the Humanitarium in Geneva on the importance of remembrance and the story behind its origins. Speakers include President of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, Estela Carlotto, ICRC Forensic Coordinator José Pablo Baraybar do Carmo, and ICRC Psychologist Carla Uriarte. Mary Werntz, ICRC Deputy Director of Operations, will provide introductory remarks. The conference will be video recorded and posted here

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