As part of a joint blog series, Lawfare's Bobby Chesney, says it's no wonder that lawyers spend so much time wrestling with the details of IHL's field of application, given the broad spectrum of circumstances across which violence can occur. Read More
Together with our friends at Lawfare and EJIL:Talk!, we're launching a new blog series addressing issues from the interplay between IHL and IHRL to the end of conflict (based on discussions that took place at a transatlantic workshop in July). This first post introduces the series and what readers can expect throughout September. Read More
August 30 is International Day of the Disappeared and the ICRC is calling on the international community to show greater awareness of the tragedy of people who have gone missing and the plight of their families. Read More
August 22 marked the 150th anniversary of the original Geneva Convention of 1864 – the first major instrument of modern international humanitarian law (IHL). Since then, more than a hundred treaties of IHL have been adopted with the aim of limiting the impact of war on those who are not (or who are no longer) taking part in hostilities. Check out the ICRC's special collection of videos to mark the anniversary. Read More
A round up of news and links about the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, Gaza and Iraq.
Ukraine: Geneva/Kiev/Moscow (ICRC) – Staff from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visited Luhansk on August 20 to find water and electricity supplies cut off because of damage to essential infrastructure. People hardly leave their homes for fear of being caught in the middle of ongoing fighting, with intermittent shelling into residential areas placing civilians at risk. Read our news relase from August 21 here.
August 19 is World Humanitarian Day - an occasion to take time to pay tribute to humanitarians around the world who put the needs of others' before their own and who sometimes pay the ultimate price for their devotion to humanity. Read More
The ICRC is deploying additional staff to Russia and Ukraine and scaling up logistics arrangements in readiness for the delivery of aid to conflict-hit eastern Ukraine. Read the news release. Read More
We've got important updates from icrc.org on the need for clarity regarding the aid convoy on its way to Ukraine, as well as a new operational update from Iraq, and news about the worsening food security situation in Eastern Africa. Read More
Our list of recent interesting news items on the web, including US airstrikes in Iraq, the situation in Gaza, Ukraine, and Africa plus remembering the start of the First World War and Richard Nixon's resignation. Read More
Professor Laurie Blank of Emory University says one of the most remarkable, recent developments in the US is the frequent use of public speeches by high-ranking US administration officials to set forth US perspectives and interpretations of IHL and other relevant international law. Read our Q&A with her. Read More