Upcoming IHL Courses for Humanitarian Practitioners

Upcoming IHL Courses for Humanitarian Practitioners

The ICRC's 21st course in IHL for humanitarian professionals and policy makers is designed to acquaint participants with the international rules, principles and instruments applicable in times of armed conflict. It offers participants practical knowledge in IHL applicable in their fieldwork and their decision-making processes.

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New IHL Resource Hub on Intercross

New IHL Resource Hub on Intercross

Announcing our latest addition, the Intercross IHL Resource Hub. The Hub is not meant to be comprehensive (the ICRC website serves that purpose) but to be a collection of our most-used resources, accessible for both the newcomer as well as the IHL seasoned practitioner. You'll find the latest and most used databases, publications, learning/teaching modules and videos on International Humanitarian Law, with popular quick links are located on the right hand side of the page.

 

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Call for Papers: 2nd Annual “Revisiting the Role of International Law in National Security” workshop

Call for Papers: 2nd Annual “Revisiting the Role of International Law in National Security” workshop

Many conversations in the U.S. about situations of armed conflict – within civil society, academia, and the U.S. government – center on “national security law,” often drawing primarily from domestic law and military perspectives.  International law is sometimes set aside in these discussions.   This workshop aims to draw the international legal aspects of armed conflicts to the forefront of national security discussions. The workshop is calling for abstracts or draft of an article for discussion, a small number of which will be selected for discussion at the workshop.  

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ICRC'S 3rd Quarterly IHL Bibliography Now Out

ICRC'S 3rd Quarterly IHL Bibliography Now Out

The ICRC's library in Geneva has released the 3rd Quarterly International Humanitarian Law (IHL) bibliography, which list new acquisitions to the library. 

As part of its mission, the ICRC is charged with disseminating and developing IHL, commonly known as the rules of war or the law of armed conflict.  To support this effort, the ICRC library maintains an extensive collection of IHL documents to help internal and external researchers, students and legal professionals working in the field.  

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Mélange du Mercredi/Fighting at the Legal Boundaries: Controlling the Use of Force in Contemporary Conflict

Mélange du Mercredi/Fighting at the Legal Boundaries: Controlling the Use of Force in Contemporary Conflict

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. As always, if you have suggestions, or would like to submit a post on something you feel our readers will also enjoy, we're happy to include them. Just email Editor Niki Clark

This week Kenneth Watkin has written a summary exclusively for Intercross of his new book, Fighting at the Legal Boundaries: Controlling the Use of Force in Contemporary Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2016). 

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New Resource on Applying IHL to Arms Transfer Decisions

New Resource on Applying IHL to Arms Transfer Decisions

The ICRC recently released the second edition of Arms Transfer Decisions: Applying International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law CriteriaThis practical guide aims to provides guidance on and indicators for assessing the risk of arms transfers being used to violate IHL or human rights law. This edition of the Guide, which was first published in 2007, takes into account the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty in 2013 and other developments, and expands the publication’s scope to cover respect for human rights law, in addition to respect for IHL.

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New Law & Policy E-Briefing on Nuclear Weapons Available from ICRC

New Law & Policy E-Briefing on Nuclear Weapons Available from ICRC

Following the launch of the most recent edition of the International Review focused on the human costs of nuclear weapons, the ICRC has released a Law & Policy e-briefing on the same topic. The e-briefing is a great resource filled with interactive graphics, audio interviews, photographs and panoramics of the immediate aftermath of the atomic bombings and read the testimony of victims who survived. In addition, the e-briefing shows what international humanitarian law (IHL) has to say about nuclear weapons, and how the discussion on nuclear weapons has been reframed from one of deterrence theory and military strategy to one focused on the profound and long-lasting humanitarian consequences that the use of these weapons would have. 

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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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Training: International Humanitarian Law Course for Practitioners in Geneva

Training: International Humanitarian Law Course for Practitioners in Geneva

IHL Course for Practitioners November 6-11, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland

Organized by the ICRC and Center for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH), this immersive five-day course in international humanitarian law is open to humanitarian practitioners who wish to become acquainted with the legal framework applicable to armed conflict. Combining theory and practice, the course follows a methodology involving exercises, simulations and discussions based on the actual challenges that humanitarian workers face today. Ahead of the on-site course, participants will follow an online training aimed at familiarizing them with the basic rules and principles of IHL.

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ICRC's 2nd Quarterly IHL Bibliography Now Out

ICRC's 2nd Quarterly IHL Bibliography Now Out

The ICRC's library in Geneva has released the 2nd Quarterly International Humanitarian Law (IHL) bibliography, which list new acquisitions to the library. 

As part of its mission, the ICRC is charged with disseminating and developing IHL, commonly known as the rules of war or the law of armed conflict.  To support this effort, the ICRC library maintains an extensive collection of IHL documents to help internal and external researchers, students and legal professionals working in the field.  

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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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International Review Series: Unpacking the principle of humanity - Tensions and implications

International Review Series: Unpacking the principle of humanity - Tensions and implications

Humanity is at once the most universally and uncritically accepted humanitarian principle. It is not, however, without controversy. This International Review article from mid-February explores this inherent tension.

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Join us for an Interview with Author Peter Singer on February 2

Join us for an Interview with Author Peter Singer on February 2

On February 2nd at 2:00 p.m. the American Red Cross is hosting a discussion with futurist Peter. W. Singer, author of multiple award winning books on the future of conflict and national security, including the recently published and critically acclaimed Ghost Fleet.

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International Review Series- Rewired Warfare: Rethinking the Law of Cyber Attack

International Review Series- Rewired Warfare: Rethinking the Law of Cyber Attack

In October, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) released a new edition of the International Review of the Red Cross titled Scope of the Law in Armed Conflict. This week we are highlighting an article from this issue titled Rewired Warfare: Rethinking the Law of Cyber Attack, by Michael Schmitt.  The article discusses the applicability of international humanitarian law on cyber, particularly the interpretation of the rules governing cyber 'attacks'. 

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What You Need to Know about Aiding Civilians Trapped in Conflict

What You Need to Know about Aiding Civilians Trapped in Conflict

Consider the following dilemma. Thousands of people are trapped inside a city that is running out of food, water and other basic aid. An armed conflict has engulfed the broader country for years. Government military forces outside the city have blocked humanitarian convoys to this city for months to starve fighters inside. These were the types of scenarios and questions that more than thirty experts discussed at a closed door roundtable convened by the ICRC Washington delegation and InterAction this past April. The roundtable sought to identify what policymakers, militaries, humanitarians and other actors should consider as they contemplate interventions to protect and assist civilians` at-grave risk.

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