Joint series: Guest blogger Ken Watkin on the overlap of IHL and IHRL

Joint series: Guest blogger Ken Watkin on the overlap of IHL and IHRL

Throughout the month of September, Intercross, along with two other blogs - Lawfare andEJIL:Talk! - is running a series of articles following up on this summer’s 2nd annual Tansatlantic Dialogue on International Law and Armed Conflict, which took place in Oxford in July. Today, Brigadier General Kenneth "Ken" Watkin brings us the first of a two-part article on the overlap between IHL and IHRL. Ken, who served as a JAG with the Canadian Armed Forces and is an expert on military law, offers his take from a North American perspective. The views expressed in this article are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the ICRC or the other blogs taking part in this series.

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What everyone needs to know about cyber warfare

What everyone needs to know about cyber warfare

On May 22, as part of its new Research and Debate Cycle, the ICRC will host an event on cyber warfare at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. During the debate, which is entitled, "Internet in Bello: IHL and Cyber Operations" experts will examine the applicability and application of the rules of war on the conduct of hostilities during cyber ops. In addition, they'll talk about some of the actual dangers posed by cyber warfare to civilians.

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Exploring the future of America's "Long War" on terror

Exploring the future of America's "Long War" on terror

Today, as part of our ongoing IHL & Contemporary Challenges series, we're publishing the first of four articles examining some of the thorny issues surrounding the future of US military operations against al Qaeda and associated forces. In this introductory piece, the ICRC's Deputy Legal Advisor in Washington DC, Gary Brown, explores the international legal implications of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) – a topic that was recently debated at an ICRC-ASIL co-sponsored event for lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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Perspectives on the ICRC: John Bellinger's take

Perspectives on the ICRC: John Bellinger's take

The latest edition of the International Review of the Red Cross - a quarterly academic journal the ICRC publishes with Cambridge University Press - explores the ICRC’s diverse 150-year-old past, as well as future challenges for humanitarian action. (The ICRC turned 150 in February 2013, and in August 2014 we will mark the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the First Geneva Convention on the protection of the sick and wounded.)

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New video: The ICRC in a Changing World

New video: The ICRC in a Changing World

For the past 12 years, Pierre Krähenbühl has led the ICRC's humanitarian response to a range of crises and events across the globe – from the aftermath of the September 11 attacks and the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to the present-day bloodshed in Syria, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic.

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I Know Where I'm Going

I Know Where I'm Going

Earlier this year, I was fortunate to work with filmmakers Leandro BadalottiTara Todras-Whitehill and Eric Maierson on I Know Where I'm Going, a short film I directed and co-produced with MediaStorm, an award-winning Brooklyn-based production studio.

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