Current Issues in Armed Conflict Conference
On 29 and 30 June 2017, the Geneva Academy and the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex will hold a conference on contemporary issues in armed conflict.
Issues that will be discussed include the protection of civilians in armed conflicts; latest developments in international refugee law like the new UNHCR guidelines on those fleeing armed conflict or the proposals to establish safe zones and safe corridors for persons affected by armed conflict; latest developments in transitional justice in light of the signature of the Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC; the qualification of armed conflicts; and recent issues in international criminal law like the jurisprudence by the International Criminal Court on the destruction of cultural property in Mali.
This one and a half-day conference provides an annual space for discussion among those who are at the forefront of promoting and protecting international law in armed conflict. It connects experts and practitioners, diplomats, academics, and civil society representatives.
The conference is addressed to diplomats and experts from foreign ministries, staff from international and regional organizations, employees of non-governmental organizations, journalists or representatives of National Human Rights Institutions, academics and students.
Expert panels with leading academics and practitioners will address the above-mentioned topics. To foster interactions and debate amongst participants, speakers will provide different /complementary perspectives and leave space for interactions with the public.
A fee of 250 CHF is required to participate in this conference.This amount covers coffee breaks, a cocktail reception on the evening of 29 June, lunch on the 30th and a free copy of the 2016 War Report. Participants are expected to cover their travel costs to and from Geneva as well as accommodation during their stay.
The fee is payable on the following bank account:
Name: Fondation pour l'Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement
Address: Case postale 136, 1211 Genève 21, Suisse
Bank: Crédit Suisse, 1211 Genève, Suisse
BIC/Swift: CRESCHZZ80A Reference for payment: DD/2016/004
Students of the Geneva Academy and of the University of Essex are not required to pay the fee to participate in the conference.
Fee waivers are also possible in exceptional circumstances. You can contact blandine.faure[at]geneva-academy.ch for such a request.
• Complete the online registration form before 28 June 2017
• Pay the CHF 250 ahead of the conference (at the latest before 29 June 2017)
From Geneva central train station, both Bus n°1 and n°25 (direction: ‘Jardin Botanique’) will take you from Cornavin train station to the Jacques Freymond Auditorium, located at the bus stop called ‘Secheron’.
All trains arriving to Geneva (from the airport or from within Switzerland) will stop at the city's main station, ‘Cornavin’, which is about a 15-minute walk from the Jacques Freymond Auditorium, or a short bus ride from the station (see above).
From Geneva Airport, take bus n°28 (direction: ‘Jardin Botanique’) and get off at the last stop. The Jacques Freymond Auditorium is five minutes walk from the Jardin Botanique (direction towards the city) along rue de Lausanne.
Or you can take any train departing from the airport's train station. All trains leaving the airport have their first stop at the city's main train station, ‘Cornavin’. Then, take either Bus n°1 or n°25 (direction ‘Jardin Botanique’), per above.
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
Ziad Ayoubi is the Head of Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He is currently enrolled in our Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict.
Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
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