Event: The Tension Between State and Non-State Expressions of Customary International Humanitarian Law

On Saturday, November 7th the ICRC will be participating in a panel titled: The Department of Defense Law of War Manual: The Tension Between State and Non-State Expressions of Customary International Humanitarian Law, as part of International Law Weekend 2015.

Program Details:

The Tension Between State and Non-State Expressions of Customary International Humanitarian Law

Only States participate in the formation of customary international humanitarian law (CIHL) through practice and opinio juris.  Nevertheless, other actors - such as the ICRC, NGOs, academics, or non-State parties to a conflict - also indirectly contirbute to shaping CIHL.  Using concrete examples such as the new DoD Law of War Manual or the ICRC Study on CIHL, the panelists will discuss how CIHL emerges and the weight to be given to differing assessments of the customary status of speciic IHL topics

Moderator:

Michael Schmitt, Naval War College - Stockton Center for the Study on International Law; University of Exeter Law School; Harvard Law School

Panelists:

  1. Gabor Rona, Visiting Professor of Law, Cardozo Law School
  2. Karl Chang, Attorney Advisor, Office of General Counsel, Department of Defense
  3. Dr. Els Defuf, Senior Advisor - Humanitarian Affairs, The Independent Commission on Multilateralism; Former Head of Customary IHL project at ICRC

Location:

November 7th at 9:00am: Fordham Law School, 150 West 62nd Street, New York City