19 April 2016
The phenomenon of human shields has long been one of the most controversial topics in the regulation of armed conflict. This panel of international experts seeks to delve deeper into this issue and clarify the debates surrounding it.
Questions discussed will include: Which party – the attacker or the defender – has the greater responsibility to avoid civilian casualties? Is the distinction between voluntary and involuntary human shields practically realistic and legally relevant? How is the proportionality rule affected by the use of human shields?
The panel will present their analysis and views on these and other aspects of the phenomenon, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
Robert Roth, Director, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Noam Lubell, Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights & Professor and Head of School, School of Law, University of Essex
Janina Dill, Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics & Research Fellow, Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, University of Oxford
Marco Sassoli, Professor of International Law & Director of the Department of International Law and International Organization, University of Geneva
Michael Schmitt, Charles H. Stockton Professor, United States Naval War College