‘Implementing International Humanitarian Law through Human Rights Mechanisms: Opportunity or Utopia?’
This recent working paper published by the Geneva Academy focuses on the current lack of mechanisms which IHL possesses to ensure its own compliance. Emilie Max, researcher at the Geneva Academy and author of the paper, explains: “This paper does not pass any judgement on this trend – a trend so entrenched that would, in […]
Lauterpacht Centre latest newsletter available
The Centre’s latest newsletter (issue 29 – Autumn/Winter 2019) is now available online. Articles in this issue include “Before Drones and Cyber: New Histories of the (Old) Law of Armed Conflict” by Dr Giovanni Mantilla. See here.
‘Moving Beyond Mine Risk Education to Risk Awareness and Safer Behaviour’
This recent post on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog explores why the number of people killed or injured by mines and explosive remnants of war has continued to increase in recent years, ahead of the upcoming Fourth Review Conference for states that are parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.
2020 Human Rights Essay Award Competition
This award is sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the American University Washington College of Law. The topic of the 2020 competition is ‘Rule of Law and Human Rights: Strengthening Democratic Institutions’. Participants can choose any subject related to this topic, and international human rights law is stated to be understood […]
For Sama: Reality of Healthcare in Conflict
This Chatham House article discusses the award-winning recent film For Sama, and what one of its main characters Dr Hamza al-Kateab learned while working in East Aleppo’s last remaining hospital.
ICRC Review: Special Edition – 150 Years of Humanitarian Reflection
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the International Review of the Red Cross, a special edition has been published, which explores the ways in which the Review has reflected evolutions in warfare and humanitarian action over the past century and a half, as well as the ways in which broader trends in humanitarian law, policy and action can […]
PeaceWomen WPS 2019 Monitor: The 19th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325
The annual UN Security Council open debate on WPS took place on 29 October 2019, marking 19 years since the creation of the WPS agenda under the auspices of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. At the debate, UN Security Council Resolution 2493 – the tenth WPS resolution – was adopted. PeaceWomen has recently posted various […]
GPIL – German Practice in International Law
This new resource for public international law research publishes case studies on German State practice in the field of public international law, summarising the German position on various issues as well as other States’ responses where relevant. All documents or extracts in German are translated into English. The resource is available here.
‘Women’s Participation Proven to Enhance Peacemaking, Security’
This recent speech by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohamed was delivered to the African Union Peace and Security Council on 21 October 2019. It focuses particularly on the importance of women’s participation in peacekeeping and peace building processes – even as the statistics indicate an ongoing gap between aspiration and reality in this area. Relatedly, see this Foreign […]
Humanitarian Law & Policy blog post: ‘Trust Me – I’m a Humanitarian’
In December 2019 the ICRC will host a conference dedicated to the central issue of trust in humanitarian action. Ahead of this event, the ICRC’s Head of Policy Hugo Slim has published an article examining the importance of trust in successfully executing humanitarian initiatives, focusing particularly on “operational trust” and “accountability trust”.