Geneva Conventions at 70: Are the 1949 Geneva Conventions Still Relevant?

Geneva Conventions at 70: Are the 1949 Geneva Conventions Still Relevant?

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we are joined by ICRC Deputy Legal Advisor Andrea Harrison to discuss the Geneva Conventions of 1949. The first Geneva Convention was signed in 1864, the year after the founding of the ICRC, and it was for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field with 57 States Parties.  Most recently, the Geneva Conventions of 1949 were added, in part as a reaction to the tragedies of World War II.  How have the content of the Geneva Conventions changed over time? Every State in the world is party to the Geneva Conventions. What does this say about their significance and importance? And 68 years after the 1949 Conventions, with the nature of conflict radically evolving, are they still relevant and can they still stand the test of time? Hosted by Tracey Begley and Niki Clark.  

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Episode #85 Displacement in Times of Armed Conflict with Dr. Cedric Cotter

Episode #85 Displacement in Times of Armed Conflict with Dr. Cedric Cotter

This episode of Intercross the Podcast is the fourth in our new joint series with Humanitarian Law & Policy. Humanitarian Law & Policy is the ICRC blog based in Geneva that provides timely analysis and debate on international humanitarian law (IHL) issues and the policies that shape humanitarian action. With this series we hope to have monthly conversations on trends, issues, future challenges and solutions as they pertain to IHL or humanitarian action. Whether within or across borders, the displacement of persons remains a pressing humanitarian concern. Millions of people are separated from their homes, livelihoods and families each year by armed conflict or other catastrophes, and frequently suffer severe abuses and hardship while in flight or at their place of refuge. ICRC recently released a study called Displacement in Times of Armed Conflict: How International Humanitarian Law Protects in War and Why it Matters. In this episode of the podcast, we speak with Dr. Cedric Cotter, the lead researcher behind the report to discuss the role of IHL in influencing displacement. Hosted by Austin Shangraw.

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Episode #48 Gender and International Humanitarian Law with Dr. Helen Durham

Episode #48 Gender and International Humanitarian Law with Dr. Helen Durham

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with Dr. Helen Durham, ICRC's Director of International Law and Policy. We discuss why the subject of gender and IHL is much more complex than just "war and women," and the role gender plays in terms of influencing behaviors. We also chat about masculinity in the culture and context of war, how law and policy work together, the 'discourse of despair' and women inspirations. Hosted by Niki Clark and Austin Shangraw.

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Episode #42 The Rules of War and Video Games Part 2

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. Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Episode #41 The Rules of War and Video Games

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 Lawand 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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Episode #28 The Test of Time: Are the 1949 Geneva Conventions Still Relevant?

Episode #28 The Test of Time: Are the 1949 Geneva Conventions Still Relevant?

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we are joined by ICRC Deputy Legal Advisor Andrea Harrison to discuss the Geneva Conventions of 1949. The first Geneva Convention was signed in 1864, the year after the founding of the ICRC, and it was for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field with 57 States Parties.  Most recently, the Geneva Conventions of 1949 were added, in part as a reaction to the tragedies of World War II.  How have the content of the Geneva Conventions changed over time? Every State in the world is party to the Geneva Conventions. What does this say about their significance and importance? And 68 years after the 1949 Conventions, with the nature of conflict radically evolving, are they still relevant and can they still stand the test of time? Hosted by Tracey Begley and Niki Clark.  

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Episode #26 The Legal Frameworks of Self Defense in Armed Conflict with Erica Gaston

Episode #26 The Legal Frameworks of Self Defense in Armed Conflict with Erica Gaston

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we speak with Erica Gaston, an international lawyer and project manager at the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, to discuss the legal aspects and humanitarian consequences of the use of self-defense in armed conflict. International humanitarian law addresses the rules for soldiers, armies and States, when they conduct offensive attacks, but it does not directly address the rules governing self-defense. So what are the limits on the use of force when individuals and units are defending themselves in combat situations? Hosted by Niki Clark and Andrea Harrison. 

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Episode #21 This is not the Jedi Way: IHL and Star Wars with Hirad Abtahi (Part 2)

Episode #21 This is not the Jedi Way: IHL and Star Wars with Hirad Abtahi (Part 2)

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we're excited to host the third iteration in our new cultural series where we explore the intersection of conflict and culture. In this episode, we sit down with Hirad Abtahi. Since 2004, he has headed the Legal and Enforcement Unit of the Presidency of the International Criminal Court and has some twenty years of experience in international criminal justice. In addition, Hirad is a HUGE Star Wars fan. He recently published an article in the Huffington Post called This is not the Jedi Way: Exploring International Humanitarian Law through Star Wars. 

In the second part of the conversation, Hirad discusses the role that culture plays in our perception on war, and how the basic tenets of the rules of war can be find in not just film, but also comic books and television.

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Episode #20 This is not the Jedi Way: IHL and Star Wars with Hirad Abtahi (Part 1)

Episode #20 This is not the Jedi Way: IHL and Star Wars with Hirad Abtahi (Part 1)

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we're excited to host the third iteration in our new cultural series where we explore the intersection of conflict and culture. In this episode, we sit down with Hirad Abtahi. Since 2004, he has headed the Legal and Enforcement Unit of the Presidency of the International Criminal Court and has some twenty years of experience in international criminal justice. In addition, Hirad is a HUGE Star Wars fan. He recently published an article in the Huffington Post called This is not the Jedi Way: Exploring International Humanitarian Law through Star Wars. 

In the first part of a two part conversation, ICRC resident Star Wars experts Austin Shangraw and Erika Moyer speak with Hirad about what we can learn about the rules of war, and how they could possibly apply in a galaxy far, far away.

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Episode #12 From Athens to Aleppo: Shakespeare and the Rules of War, April 25, 2017

Episode #12 From Athens to Aleppo: Shakespeare and the Rules of War, April 25, 2017

With this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we're excited to launch a new cultural series where we will explore the intersection of conflict and culture. You can find a new addition to the series on the fourth Tuesday of every month. In From Athens to Aleppo: Shakespeare and the Rules of War host Sara Owens and ICRC Legal Advisor Andrea Harrison sit down with Stephen Ryan, a lawyer who sits on the board of the Shakespeare Theatre Company and Major General (Ret) Dale Meyerrose, the first President-appointed, Senate confirmed chief information officer and information sharing executive for the U.S. Intelligence Community. Both served as panelists for the Shakespeare Theatre's recent discussion exploring in-depth examinations into the roles of lawyers and legal issues in Shakespeare plays and classical theatre pieces. Listen in to their interesting discussion!

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Episode #10 The Intersection of IHL and Islam with Dr. Ahmed Al-Dawoody, April 18, 2017

Episode #10 The Intersection of IHL and Islam with Dr. Ahmed Al-Dawoody, April 18, 2017

In this episode, Intercross the Podcast In this episode, Intercross the Podcast speaks with Dr. Ahmed Al-Dawoody, the ICRC Legal Adviser on Islamic Law and Jurisprudence. What are the connections between Islamic law and international humanitarian law? Who is protected under both areas of law? And who is excluded? Join us for a discussion on the interpretation of Islamic law, its historical roots, and its similarities and differences with IHL. Hosted by Tracey Begley.

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Episode #8 The Toolbox of Transitional Justice with Claudia Josi, March 28, 2017

Episode #8 The Toolbox of Transitional Justice with Claudia Josi, March 28, 2017

Professor Claudia Josi from the Santa Clara School of Law speaks with Intercross about transitional justice. From her own experiences growing up during conflict in Peru, Josi speaks about legal dimensions of a society transitioning from conflict to peace. Hosted by Tracey Begley.

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Episode #7 Reflecting on the Clara Barton Competition with Loyola University Chicago School of Law Students, March 21, 2017

Episode #7 Reflecting on the Clara Barton Competition with Loyola University Chicago School of Law Students, March 21, 2017

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Sara Owens sits down with three students from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Mary Macleod, Elena Sakelaris, and Constantine Gavrillos, to reflect on their experience preparing for and competing at the Clara Barton Competition, what they took away from the competition, and advise for future participants.

The Clara Barton IHL Competition (CBC) provides law students, international students, and military academy and institution students a unique opportunity to experience the laws of war as they are applied in practice, while offering these emerging leaders the chance to network with top authorities in this field.

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Episode #6 The Laws that Govern Outer Space with Dale Stephens and Pete Hays, March 14, 2017

Episode #6 The Laws that Govern Outer Space with Dale Stephens and Pete Hays, March 14, 2017

Dale Stephens and Pete Hays discuss the intricacies of military operations and outer space.  There are over a thousands satellites orbiting the earth that are used in our everyday lives.  This podcast explores their military use and vulnerabilities, and the laws that govern outer space operations. Hosted by Tracey Begley.

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Episode #3 The Importance of IHL with Brigadier General (ret.) Rich Gross, February 21, 2017

Episode #3 The Importance of IHL with Brigadier General (ret.) Rich Gross, February 21, 2017

Brig. General (ret.) Rich Gross, the former Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Intercross about the importance of international humanitarian law (IHL) and reflections on IHL after decades of service, including as the Legal Adviser for NATO ISAF and US forces in Afghanistan. Gross talks about his personal experiences in the military and interactions with the ICRC. Hosted by Tracey Begley.

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