Despite widespread State acceptance of the international law governing military use of force across the spectrum of operations, the humanitarian reality in today’s armed conflicts and other situations of violence worldwide is troubling. The structure and incentives of armed forces dictate the need to more systematically integrate that law into operational practice. However, treaty and customary international law is not easily translated into coherent operational guidance and rules of engagement, a problem that is exacerbated by differences of language and perspective between the armed forces and neutral humanitarian actors with a stake in the law’s implementation.
On October 4, the ICRC will host a panel discussion on Translating IHL into military operations. The event, held at the Humanitariaum in Geneva, will be livestreamed beginning at 12 PM EST and is part of the ICRC’s ongoing series on Generating Respect for the Law. Panelists include:
- Richard Jackson, Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University, and Former Special Assistant to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General for the Law of War Matters
- Andrew Carswell, Senior delegate to the Armed Forces, ICRC
- Lone Kjelgaard, Senior Assistant Legal Adviser at the NATO Office of Legal Affairs
- Charles Garraway, Colonel, Member of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission.
The discussion will be moderated by Jamie Williamson, Head of Unit, Relations with Arms Carriers, ICRC.
Mr. Carswell, who sits in Ottawa and is part of the Washington and Canada Delegation, contributed an article, Converting Treaties into Tactics on Military Operations for a recent edition of the International Review. You can read the full article here.
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