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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Launch of the ICRC Humanitarian Visa d'Or Award for photojournalists

Launch of the ICRC Humanitarian Visa d'Or Award for photojournalists

Created in 2011 and endowed with 8,000 euros, the « ICRC Humanitarian Visa d’or Award » is awarded each year to a professional photojournalist who has covered a humanitarian issue related to an armed conflict. The theme of this year’s photo contest is urban war and the consequences for people forced to hide or flee. Candidates for the 2018 edition of the Visa d’Or Humanitaire can send their work until June 11, 2018.

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June 19th Event & Recording: Where it Matters

June 19th Event & Recording: Where it Matters

Are humanitarian organizations sufficiently equipped to deliver their services in armed conflicts? What additional measures should be taken to encourage organisations to respond to humanitarian needs in areas hard to reach? On June 19, the ICRC, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and HERE-Geneva are convening a panel of experts at the Humanitarium in Geneva from 5:30-7:30 that will assess how humanitarian organisations and donors should step up their work to deliver humanitarian responses to those most in need during situations of armed conflict.  Recording available for those outside of Geneva. 

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The Additional Protocols at 40: Upholding Humanity in Today's Conflicts (Webinar)

The Additional Protocols at 40: Upholding Humanity in Today's Conflicts (Webinar)

To mark the 40th Anniversary of the Additional Protocols I and II (APs) on June 8, 2017, the ICRC will convene a conference at the Humanitarium as part of its conference cycle on Generating respect for the law. Historians, lawyers, military officers and diplomats will reflect on the link between humanitarianism and peace, the impact of the APs on the practice of parties to armed conflicts and their practical relevance for today's conflicts. For those outside of Geneva, the conference will be video recorded and posted hereFor more information, go here

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Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition Application Now Available

Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition Application Now Available

The Clara Barton Competition Committee and the Canadian and American Red Cross are excited to announce the 4th Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition, to be held March 10-12, 2017 in Washington D.C, at the Georgetown University Law Center. Applications are now available and will be accepted through 10 pm EST on November 14th, 2016. Teams are encouraged to submit their packet as soon as possible. The committee will announce selected teams by Monday, December 5th, 2016.

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October 4th Webinar: Translating IHL into Military Operations

October 4th Webinar: Translating IHL into Military Operations

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.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.

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Event Summary: ICRC Commentary on the First Geneva Convention at University of Georgia

Event Summary: ICRC Commentary on the First Geneva Convention at University of Georgia

On Friday, September 23, 2016, ICRC Legal Adviser Jean-Marie Henckaerts served as keynote speaker in a public panel discussing the ICRC Updated Commentaries on the First Geneva Convention. The discussion took place during the Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law 2016 Conference

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Livestream Event: Generating respect for IHL on the African Continent

Livestream Event: Generating respect for IHL on the African Continent

On August 10, 2016, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (GMT+2)/5:00 AM to 7:00 AM (EST), the ICRC will livestream a panel discussion on generating respect for international humanitarian law (IHL) on the African continent. The panel will bring together both African and international speakers drawn from military, government and academic backgrounds who will share perspectives on mechanisms to promote respect for the law. 

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Official Launch of the Updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention

Official Launch of the Updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention

Today, the ICRC released the updated Commentary to the first Geneva Convention,  which addresses a range of important issues such as the scope of the obligation to respect and ensure respect for humanitarian law, the beginning and end of armed conflict and the protection of the wounded and sick, medical facilities and personnel. 

In this featured Q&A video, Chris Harland, Legal Advisor for the ICRC Regional Delegation for the U.S. and Canada, has provided insight to some of the questions surrounding the release of the updated commentaries.

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Call for Papers: Revisiting the Role of International Law in National Security

Call for Papers: Revisiting the Role of International Law in National Security

We invite you to submit an abstract or draft of an article for discussion which aims to draw the international legal aspects of armed conflicts to the forefront of conversations in the U.S. A small number of papers will be selected for discussion at a workshop at Cordoza Law School. Papers are due for submission by April 8, 2016.

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ICRC Launches New Guidance Bolstering Relevance of Geneva Conventions

ICRC Launches New Guidance Bolstering Relevance of Geneva Conventions

"The Geneva Conventions are not just some historical documents born of another time, they are of burning relevance and importance today, and we need to ensure that their enormous humanitarian potential is recognized and acted upon by all." – ICRC Director of International Law and Policy, Helen Durham speaking about the role the new Commentaries can play in bringing the Conventions into the 21st century.

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Upcoming ICRC Event at UC Berkeley: Stopping War Crimes Before They Happen

Upcoming ICRC Event at UC Berkeley: Stopping War Crimes Before They Happen

The ICRC is co-sponsoring an event on March 28, 2016 with the American Red Cross, the American Society for International Law’s Lieber Society, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society and the Berkeley Human Rights Center. The event aims to answer questions on generating greater respect for International Humanitarian Law.

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Join us for a conversation on 21st Century Warfare With David Kilcullen on Feb 23

Join us for a conversation on 21st Century Warfare With David Kilcullen on Feb 23

What has lead to the prevalence of urban conflict and where are we likely to see this conflict in the future? How can the humanitarian community respond? Join us for a conversation with Dr. David Kilcullen, counterinsurgency expert and bestselling author  of Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerilla. 

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