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.
Our recent expert meeting, conducted in collaboration with the ICRC, addressed the growing involvement of civilians in cyber and digital operations during armed conflicts.
As an Associate at the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Persons Deprived of Liberty Unit, Hiran Geeganage supports the development of a methodology for monitoring and reporting on the institution’s detention activities. In this interview, he tells about the programme, fond memories and what it brought to his career.
This IHL Talk, organized with the Geneva Water Hub, will discuss the weaponization of water in contemporary armed conflicts and the importance of IHL and human rights law in preventing and mitigating the consequences on civilians.
The author and leading experts in IHL and human rights will discuss humanitarian and legal issues pertaining to equality and non-discrimination in armed conflict, based on the findings presented in the book.
UN Photo/Violaine Martin
The IHL-EP works to strengthen the capacity of human rights mechanisms to incorporate IHL into their work in an efficacious and comprehensive manner. By so doing, it aims to address the normative and practical challenges that human rights bodies encounter when dealing with cases in which IHL applies.
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.