Jean-Marie Henckaerts

Jean-Marie Henckaerts

Head of Commentaries Update Unit, Legal Division, International Committee of the Red Cross

Areas of expertise

International Humanitarian Law  /  History and Sources of International Humanitarian Law  /  Relationship International Humanitarian Law – International Human Rights Law

Jean-Marie Henckaerts is Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) project to update the Commentaries on the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977. The first milestone of this project was reached in 2016 when the updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention was released online and published in print by Cambridge University Press (CUP). The second milestone was the publication online in May 2017 of the updated Commentary on the Second Geneva Convention and in print by Cambridge University Press.

Prior to this, he was the head of the ICRC’s project on customary international humanitarian law. He is a co-author of the ICRC study on the subject.

Jean-Marie Henckaerts holds the degrees of Doctor of Juridical Science from The George Washington University Law School, a Master of Laws from the University of Georgia School of Law and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Brussels. He has published eight books and numerous articles on international law, international humanitarian law and human rights law.

Taught Courses

 First page of the Geneva Convention of 22th of August 1864. LLM - Course

History and Sources of International Humanitarian Law

This course provides an overview of the history and sources of contemporary international humanitarian law, starting from the 1864 Geneva Convention until today.

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Publications

Cover of the article

The updated ICRC Commentary on the Second Geneva Convention: Demystifying the law of armed conflict at sea

October 2017

Jean-Marie Henckaerts, Bruno Demeyere, Heleen Hiemstra and Ellen Nohle

in International Review of the Red Cross, Volume 98, Issue 902, Cambridge University Press

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The updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention – a new tool for generating respect for international humanitarian law

October 2016

Jean-Marie Henckaerts, Lindsey Cameron, Bruno Demeyere, Eve La Haye and Heike Niebergall-Lackner

in International Review of the Red Cross Volume 97, Issue 900, Cambridge University Press

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Cover of the book ICRC Study on Customary International Humanitarian Law

ICRC Study on Customary International Humanitarian Law

2005

Jean-Marie Henckaerts, Louise Doswald-Beck

ICRC

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