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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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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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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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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Mélange du Mercredi: Fighting Together

Mélange du Mercredi: Fighting Together

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading, film and other scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. Recently ICRC's Humanitarian Law & Policy Blog featured a two-part blog post introducing the topic of State support to one or more of the Parties to an armed conflict and the implications regarding IHL. 

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Foreign Fighters October 27, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Foreign Fighters October 27, 2017

Rhetoric that “dehumanizes” and “demonizes” the enemy or suggests that a particular adversary is “outside the bounds of humanity” and can be treated “as if humanitarian law doesn’t apply” is highly concerning, ICRC’s Deputy Director for the Middle East Patrick Hamilton told reporters this week. Hamilton was speaking at a news conference on the issue of foreign fighters and their families leaving Iraq and Syria. Such language, which could appear to justify war crimes or illegal treatment of detainees, has become more common on all sides of the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the discussion around foreign fighters, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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Mélange du Mercredi: Autonomous Weapon Systems and Ethics

Mélange du Mercredi: Autonomous Weapon Systems and Ethics

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading, film and other scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. Recently ICRC's Humanitarian Law & Policy Blog begin a mini-series on autonomous weapon systems and ethics. In August of 2017, the ICRC convened a small group of independent experts to discuss this subject. Held under the Chatham House Rule, the aim of the discussion was to take stock of the main ethical issues raised by autonomous weapon systems and to consider the ethical underpinnings of any requirement for human control over weapon systems and the use of force in armed conflict. A blog series will follow, the intro is here. 

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Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict: Wounded and Sick and the Proportionality Assessment

Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict: Wounded and Sick and the Proportionality Assessment

In the final installment of our Transatlantic Dialogue Series, Jann K. Kleffner discusses the wounded, sick and the proportionality assessment. Mr. Kleffner is Professor of International Law and Head of the Centre for International and Operational Law at the Swedish Defence University. His research is on public international law, with a special focus on the international law of military operations, including the law of armed conflict and peace operations, jus ad bellum, international criminal law, and human rights law.

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