On Friday, September 23, 2016, ICRC Legal Adviser Jean-Marie Henckaerts served as keynote speaker in a public panel discussing the ICRC Updated Commentaries on the First Geneva Convention. The discussion took place during the Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law 2016 Conference.
The conference began with a public plenary, featuring Dr. Henckaerts, as well as a panel of experts who discussed cutting-edge questions about the waging of war. During closed afternoon sessions, experts continued the conversation, and also examined issues posed by the ongoing drafting of additional commentary updates.
Since their adoption in 1949, the Geneva Conventions have been put to the test and there have been significant developments in how they are applied and interpreted in practice. In order to expose these developments and provide up-to-date interpretations, the ICRC and a team of experts embarked on a major project to update the Commentaries on the Conventions.
Co-sponsoring the conference along with the ICRC were the Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia School of Law and the Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law, a student-run review that publishes papers by experts and Georgia Law student rapporteurs.
You can read a summary of the event on the Law Center's blog here. Another write up, done by the IntLawGrrls, is available here. Just Security also posted about Triggers and Thresholds of Non-International Armed Conflict following the rich discussion at Georgia.