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2 November 2018, 13:15-14:45
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International Humanitarian Law in the Work of United Nations Human Rights Bodies

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United Nations (UN) human rights bodies – Commissions of Inquiry, Special Rapporteurs, treaty bodies, the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council – are regularly called upon to address situations involving an armed conflict. While human rights law remains applicable and indeed critical to many aspects of conflict, a separate body of law – international humanitarian law (IHL) – is designed to regulate conduct of hostilities and provide protections throughout the conflict. Past years have seen much discussion over the legal interplay between these bodies of law.

This panel seeks to move beyond the past debates and focus on the practicalities of how IHL is used and the role it plays in the work of the UN human rights machinery.

Moderator

  • Noam Lubell, Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law at the Geneva Academy and Professor of Public International Law at the University of Essex.

Panelists

  • Valériane Michel, Head of Section, International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Justice, Directorate of International Law, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Mona Rishmawi, Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Yuval Shany, Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in International Law, Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Member of the UN Human Rights Committee

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Jacques Freymond Auditorium, Rue de Lausanne 132, Geneva, Switzerland.

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Tram 15, tram stop Butini

Bus 1 or 25, bus stop Sécheron

Access for People with Disabilities

The Jacques Freymond Auditorium is accessible to people with disabilities. If you have a disability or any additional needs and require assistance in order to participate fully, please email info[at]geneva-academy.ch

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