Seven decades after their adoption, the 1949 Geneva Conventions enjoy universal ratification, frequent reaffirmation, and widespread integration into domestic law and military doctrine. A complex web of treaties and customary international humanitarian law (IHL) sets out further limits and protection in armed conflicts. We know that in many instances, every day, this law is respected by parties to armed conflicts around the world. We also know that there are still too many violations and we continue to see enormous suffering.
In the face of a rapidly changing world, from the emergence of new technology to evolving structures of non-state armed groups, this opening lecture of the 2019–2020 academic year by Lindsey Cameron will explore some of the current challenges for IHL and transitional justice.
Lindsey Cameron is the Head of the unit of Thematic Legal Advisers in the Legal Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
She holds a PhD in public international law from the University of Geneva and is an alumna of the Geneva Academy. She has published a number of books and articles on IHL. Prior to joining the ICRC, Lindsey worked as a researcher at the University of Geneva. She has also worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Balkans and at the Court of Appeal for Ontario in Canada.
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Our RULAC online portal provides a detailed analysis of these conflicts, including information about parties, classification and applicable international law.
Tamara Aburamadan, currently enrolled in our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
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This online IHL Talk aims at shining light on substantial and/or procedural challenges to the effective and principled promotion of international law at the UN Security Council, including from a State’s perspective.
This online course considers rule of law work from the perspective of the practitioner, using case studies, procurement documents and project reports to help participants understand how rule of law projects are developed and implemented in the field.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, focuses on the role of public international law in international relations and on international legal persons.
This project will explore humanitarian consequences and protection needs caused by the digitalization of armed conflicts and the extent to which these needs are addressed by international law, especially international humanitarian law.
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