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Humanizing the laws of war – the Red Cross and the development of International Humanitarian Law

  • ICRC Humanitarium 17 Avenue de la Paix Genève, GE, 1202 Switzerland (map)

As part of its conference cycle on Generating respect for the law, the ICRC and the German Permanent Mission to the United Nations will convene a panel discussion at the Humanitarium to launch the book: "Humanizing the Laws of War – the Red Cross and the Development of International Humanitarian Law" edited by Robin Geiß, Andreas Zimmermann and Stefanie Haumer. The event will discuss the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement's role as a gentle modernizer of international humanitarian law (IHL) ever since its very creation and will, in particular, critically assess the ICRC's unique role.

The panel debate will address in particular a couple of crucial questions, namely:

  • To what extent have the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the ICRC been a driving force in the development of IHL?
  • Where did the ICRC play a decisive, unequivocally accepted role in codifying IHL, and where was its role more controversial?
  • What are the contemporary challenges in fostering the role of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement with regard to the future development of IHL?
  • Are we currently witnessing increasing efforts by States to emphasize a more exclusive role of States in standard setting for IHL?

Event Details

  • Date: June 29, 2017

  • When: 18:00 – 19:30 (GVA), 12:00 - 1:30 PM (DC)

  • Where: ICRC Humanitarium