Intensive International Humanitarian Law Course for Humanitarian Practitioners and Policy-Makers

Intensive International Humanitarian Law Course for Humanitarian Practitioners and Policy-Makers

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is organizing an international humanitarian law (IHL) course for humanitarian practitioners, to be held, at ECOGIA, the ICRC's Training Center and at the Humanitarium, the ICRC's conference center, from 23 to 28 September 2018.

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New Edition of the International Review: Migration and Displacement

New Edition of the International Review: Migration and Displacement

Throughout the history of mankind, people around the world have left their homes, fleeing armed conflict, persecution, poverty or simply seeking better opportunities. Migration can be voluntary or involuntary, but most of the time a combination of choices and constraints lead some to leave, while others stay behind. What needs do people have while on the road? Are those needs different based on the reason for leaving home? What distinguishes someone who is displaced internally from someone who has crossed an international border? How can humanitarian actors, States and the international community best protect and assist those who flee, whether within their own State, while in transit, or in the destination country? This edition of the Review attempts to unpack and address these and other related questions, while providing insights into different humanitarian approaches to the needs and vulnerabilities of migrants and internally displaced persons.

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ICRC in New York is Hiring a Legal Intern/Attache

ICRC in New York is Hiring a Legal Intern/Attache

The ICRC in New York is Hiring a Legal Intern/Attache. This is a full-time, paid internship position with benefits. Contract Period is 12 months, non-renewable. Expected start date June 18, 2018. Please submit resume and cover letter to Dolorosa ArrummBrungs (darrummbrungs@icrc.org) by the deadline of April 13, 2018. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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A Conversation with Dr Helen Durham: IHL and Women

 A Conversation with Dr Helen Durham: IHL and Women

On this International Women’s Day, Dr Helen Durham, Director of the Humanitarian Law & Policy Department at the ICRC, discusses the role of women in shaping the discourse around international humanitarian law (IHL). As the first female director of international law and policy in 150 years of the ICRC, there are many amazing women academics, writers and practitioners in the area of international humanitarian law (IHL) that have inspired her along the way. Read the full article on Humanitarian Law & Policy here.

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When War Hits Home: ICRC’s Devastating New Augmented Reality App

When War Hits Home: ICRC’s Devastating New Augmented Reality App

On Wednesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) unveiled “Enter the Room” – an augmented reality experience for iOS app users.  The app was designed by the digital innovation agency Nedd using Apple ARKit technology and is free to download from the App Store.

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Just out! New International Review issue on Human Cost of Detention

 Just out! New International Review issue on Human Cost of Detention

The latest edition of International Review of the Red Cross has been released—Detention: Addressing the human cost.This edition of the International Review of the Red Cross focuses on treatment and conditions in prisons and other places of detention, both in situations of armed conflict and in peacetime. We chose to address this topic in order to highlight the importance of treating detainees with human dignity under all circumstances.Deprivation of liberty carries with it human, social and financial costs that are born by detainees, their families, the detaining authorities and society as a whole. Despite these costs, societies often do not invest in improving prison systems or the infrastructure on which the human dignity of detainees depends.

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Intercross the Podcast Episode #43 From Marine to Humanitarian: A Conversation with ICRC Legal Advisor Ian Brasure

Intercross the Podcast Episode #43 From Marine to Humanitarian: A Conversation with ICRC Legal Advisor Ian Brasure

After thirty years in the US Marine Corps, including serving as Deputy Legal Advisor at the White House within the National Security Council, Ian Brasure recently joined the ICRC Delegation in Washington as the Deputy Legal Advisor. In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Ian discusses his long--and inevitable--journey to the ICRC and his storied time in the military, including embracing the uncertainty following 9/11. We also chat about working under then-General James Mattis (now of course, the US Secretary of Defense), how the NSC has impacted his insights into his current role, and his constant companion through conflict (a dogeared copy of the Geneva Conventions). Hosted by Niki Clark and Anna Nelson.

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The Independent Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission: Has the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Awoken?

 The Independent Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission: Has the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Awoken?

In 2015, the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (the Commission) received a great deal of attention after Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) called for an independent investigation following the destruction of its trauma centre in Kunduz by U.S. airstrikes. The BBC and The New York Times mentioned the possibility of an enquiry by the Commission. In a blog post at the time, Catherine Harwood wondered whether the ‘Sleeping Beauty’—an expression first coined by Professor Frits Kalshoven to describe Commission’s lack of activity since its creation—would awake soon.

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Intercross the Podcast Episode #42: The Rules of War and Video Games Part 2

Intercross the Podcast Episode #42: The Rules of War and Video Games Part 2

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, the second of a three part conversation in our cultural series, we are joined again by Wes Rist, Deputy Executive Director of the American Society of International Law and Joe Gibson, Program Officer for International Humanitarian Law at the American Red Cross. This time, we discuss how the influence of video games. Nearly 2/3rds of American households have video game consoles, meaning audiences are being exposed to games in much greater concentration and in increasingly different ways. How does that translate to shaping public perceptions? We also chat about how video games are being utilized in humanitarian partnerships, military trainings and more. You can check out our first conversation here. Next week, we’ll be joined by Christian Rouffaer, the head of the ICRC's Virtual Reality unit based in Bangkok to discuss how ICRC is harnessing the power of video games to reach audiences in new and creative ways. Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Intercross the Podcast Episode #41: The Rules of War and Video Games

Intercross the Podcast Episode #41: The Rules of War and Video Games

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, our first of 2018, we are excited to add another iteration to our cultural series, where we explore the intersection of culture and conflict. In this episode, the first of a three part series, we sit down with Wes Rist, Deputy Executive Director of the American Society of International Law and Joe Gibson, Program Officer for International Humanitarian Law at the American Red Cross. Since 2012, ICRC has worked closely with the game developer Bohemia Interactive, who produces the award-winning Arma series of video games, to explore new ways to spread messages about international humanitarian law. In this first conversation, we talk about how a public relations hiccup resulted in a dynamic partnership and opportunity to talk about the rules of war to completely new audiences. We also discuss how including more realistic portrayals of armed conflict in video games can contribute to the user experience without taking away any of the fun. In the second episode, we are joined again by Wes and Joe to discuss how video games shape public perceptions and in the third episode, the head of the ICRC's Virtual Reality unit based in Bangkok will discuss how ICRC is harnessing the power of video games to reach audiences in new and creative ways. Hosted by Niki Clark.

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International Review of the Red Cross: Call for Papers for 150th Anniversary Edition

International Review of the Red Cross: Call for Papers for 150th Anniversary Edition

n 2019, the Review will celebrate its 150th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the journal will publish a special edition exploring how the journal reflects the evolution of warfare and humanitarian action over the past century and a half. Authors are invited to send submissions to the Review's editorial team, preferably in the form of a Word document, at review@icrc.org. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2018. Additional guidelines for authors available here.

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Intercross the Podcast Episode #40: Armed Forces & Armed Groups/How the Red Cross Works Around the World

Intercross the Podcast Episode #40: Armed Forces & Armed Groups/How the Red Cross Works Around the World

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we are joined by Martin Lacourt, ICRC in Washington’s Senior Armed Forces Delegate, and Koby Langley, Senior Vice President, Service to the Armed Forces and International Humanitarian Law for the American Red Cross. They discuss the work the Red Cross—both ICRC and National societies—does with military both domestically and globally. The American Red Cross has served more than 1 million military families since 9/11 including members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service. ICRC works to bridge the cultural divide between arms bearers and humanitarians through trainings and IHL dissemination. What are the different ways ICRC and national societies approach this work? What are the challenges of engaging with these audiences? How does neutrality play a role? And has the evolving technology of warfare changed the way the Red Cross works and the needs we serve? Hosted by Niki Clark.

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