25 May 2018, 12:15-14:00
Register start 7 May 2018
Register end 24 May 2018
The establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been a decisive milestone in the emergence of a culture of accountability for international crimes. It has set new standards for victim’s participation, and has pronounced landmark judgments on command responsibility, the use of child soldiers, crimes of sexual violence and the destruction of cultural property. As of 17 July 2018, the Court will be able to exercise jurisdiction over the crime of aggression. Yet, the lack of cooperation by states in the execution of arrest warrants, the geographical imbalance of cases and the lack of jurisdiction over conflicts like the one in Syria equally form part of the Court’s history.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, the Geneva Academy and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) invite you to a panel discussion. It shall provide an opportunity to reflect on the Court’s challenges and ways to address them. In particular, the panelists will talk about how the UN Human Rights Council and other institutions in Geneva can contribute to the work of the Court.
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The IHL Talks are a new series of events, hosted by the Geneva Academy, on international humanitarian law and current humanitarian topics. Every two months at lunchtime, academic experts, practitioners, policy makers and journalists discuss burning humanitarian issues and their regulation under international law.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute, this IHL Talk, co-organized with the the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), reflected on the Court’s challenges and ways to address them. Panelists also discussed how the UN Human Rights Council and other institutions in Geneva can contribute to the work of the Court.
In his latest report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, the UN Secretary-General refers to our Guidelines on Investigating Violation of IHL, co-published with the International Committee of the Red Cross.
In the framework of our LLM and the course on IHL given by our Director Professor Marco Sassòli, students pleaded online on 17 May for Russia and Georgia arguing that the side they represent has respected IHL while the adverse side has violated IHL.
Join us for our open house to learn more about this part-time programme designed professionals, meet staff, students and alumni, and discuss career opportunities.
The Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts project (RULAC) is a unique online portal that identifies and classifies all situations of armed violence that amount to an armed conflict under international humanitarian law (IHL). It is primarily a legal reference source for a broad audience, including non-specialists, interested in issues surrounding the classification of armed conflicts under IHL.
This project intends to clarify the conditions of accountability for international crimes by providing a detailed assessment of the customary international law status of, in particular, the actus reus and mens rea elements of modes of liability: planning, instigating, conspiracy, direct and indirect perpetration, co-perpetration, the three forms of joint criminal enterprise, the doctrine of common purpose under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, command responsibility and aiding and abetting.