IHL and the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts - Typology of conflicts, Part I

IHL and the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts - Typology of conflicts, Part I - Joint ANA-US patrol, Kandahar Province - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Andrew Burton

IHL and the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts - Typology of conflicts, Part I - Joint ANA-US patrol, Kandahar Province - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Andrew Burton

Last Thursday, we introduced a new Intercross IHL series on the legal challenges posed by contemporary armed conflicts. Our objective with the series is to generate a discussion based on four key areas of international humanitarian law: typology of conflicts, IHL and terrorism, new technologies of warfare and multinational operations, using an ICRC report, International Law and the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts, as a stepping stone for further exchanges.

We start off with Typology of conflicts and an interview with ICRC Legal Advisor Jelena Pejic, who is one of the experts who drafted The Notion And Typology Of Armed Conflicts, the section of our report that you can download as a PdF, below. This text attempts to answer of one the most pressing issues in contemporary IHL: whether the current classification of armed conflicts under the Geneva Conventions - international and non-international - is relevant in the post 9/11 landscape. Ms. Pejic explains why the ICRC is of the opinon that it is and how the organization came to that conclusion.

Later this week, we will post our first guest contribution in the series, a response to the issues raised by the ICRC report and Ms. Pejic by Geoff Corn, Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law.