9 November 2017, 19:00-20:30
Register start 30 October 2017
Register end 9 November 2017
Contemporary military operations are constrained not only by legal principles, but extensive policy considerations as well. Actions otherwise lawful under the law of armed conflict may nevertheless have broader repercussions modern militaries need to take into account when planning and conducting them, in particular when the operations may involve civilian losses acceptable under the law. In addition, engagements undertaken by coalition forces may be subject to different legal obligations by each of the parties in question, necessitating adequate policy standards for joint action.
Taking into account the experience of coalition forces in various recent and ongoing armed conflict situations such as Syria, Iraq and Yemen, this briefing will address the practical issues involved from the perspective of both law and policy.
Chris Jenks is an Assistant Professor of Law at SMU Dedman School of Law, Texas. He has served as an officer in the US Army for over 20 years. He has been chief of the International Law Branch of the Office of The Judge Advocate General and has most recently been appointed Special Counsel to the US Department of Defense General Counsel at the Pentagon.
This Military Briefing is primarily open to Geneva Academy students, who are prioritized in the allocation of seats (external parties may participate provided that there is sufficient room left). Interested students need to register to attend this event via the online form on the Geneva Academy’s website.
Military Briefings are a unique series of events relating to military institutions and the law. They aim to improve our students’ knowledge of military actors and operations and build bridges between the military and civilian worlds.
Sgt Russell Gilchrest, US Army, Wikimedia Commons
Several armed conflicts classified in our RULAC online portal see the participation of mercenaries or private military security companies alongside states’ armed forces. Dr Chiara Redaelli, in charge of RULAC and an expert in IHL, answers our questions regarding what IHL says about this phenomenon.
Arthur Nguyen dao
The Henry Dunant Research Prize, the Best LLM Paper Prize and the Best MTJ Paper Prize distinguished three graduating students for their exceptional academic work.
In this online book launch – part of our IHL Talk series – Professor René Provost will discuss with leading scholars in IHL and human rights the legal and practical challenges related to the administration of justice by armed groups.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, analyses the main international and regional norms governing the international protection of refugees. It notably examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law.
Medical Aid for Palestinians / Ezz Al Zanoon
This project aims to ensure better protection of and assistance for persons with disabilities in situations of armed conflict or its aftermath by identifying legal obligations to protect and assist persons with disabilities during conflict, and the policies and practices required to put these obligations into effect.
This research aims at building a common understanding and vision as to how states and the relevant parts of the UN system can provide a concrete and practical framework to address human rights responsibilities of armed non-state actors.