For the first episode in the Multi-blog series on the Updated Geneva Conventions Commentaries, the Humanitarian Law & Policy Blog has published Locating the Geneva Conventions Commentaries in the International Legal Landscape, by Jean-Marie Henckaerts.
Jean-Marie is the head of the unit in charge of the update of the ICRC Commentaries on the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977.
To kick off the series, Jean-Marie addresses critical questions surrounding the commentaries such as: Where do the ICRC Commentaries fit into the legal landscape? What are the rules governing treaty interpretation and how do they operate in the area of IHL? Where does the ICRC’s legitimacy to interpret the Geneva Conventions stem from?
Other posts in the series:
The Role of the ICRC Commentaries in Understanding International Humanitarian Law - Sean D. Murphy, Professor of International Law at George Washington University and Member of the U.N. International Law Commission
First Thoughts from Academia on the Updated GCI Commentary - Kevin Jon Heller, Professor of Criminal Law, SOAS, University of London, Principal Fellow, Melbourne Law School, Academic Member, Doughty Street Chambers, and blogs regularly at Opinio Juris