Weekly IHL Update

Option 3

Monday, October 13, 2014

In the News

When the leadership called off talks with students, protestors returned to the streets of Hong Kong to demand full democratic elections. While the protests were originally peaceful, violence broke out earlier this week and police fired canisters of tear gas into crowds. Protests, even violent ones, do not invoke international humanitarian law but these student-led protests are important to follow as they develop in Hong Kong. 

As the situation in Iraq and Syria escalates, questions continue to circle on the legal issues surrounding the conflict with Islamic State (IS).  Do coalition forces need consent from Syria to enter Syrian airspace? Does each mission comply with the rules of war? Is domestic focus on preventing radicalization and prosecuting harming or benefiting IS recruitment? And where is IS getting its ammunition?

In addition to likely beheading a Nigerian Air Force pilot, Boko Haram reportedly beheaded seven individuals this past week. Conflict in Nigeria intensifies as the Boko Haram insurgency becomes “one of the most significant conflicts in the world.” Now the conflict is expanding into Niger, Cameroon, and Chad as the number of casualties and displaced persons increases.

Around the Web

Teaching IHL.  The ICRC provided an update on its programs in the Central African Republic including training armed groups on protecting civilian lives, visiting detainees, and collaborating with the Central African Red Cross.

LL.M. in IHL.  The American Bar Association recently approved a new LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law.

Women on the frontlines. Women fighters are not new in armed conflict but renewed attention is directed at the women (and children) who have taken up arms to battle for and against ISIS.

National Cyber Security Awareness month. In honor of National Cyber Security Awareness month, Intercross posted an interesting list of some of its best content on cyber warfare including a video conversation with ICRC experts and an interview with Peter Singer.

On the Blog

War happens, but it has limits. Our blog is taking a new direction (as you may have noticed)!  We are re-purposing this space as a forum to share knowledge, answer questions, and create dialogue on important topics in IHL while still posting about our educational initiatives and how our chapters are disseminating IHL principles. Let us know what you think!

Sold in war. Following our recent human trafficking conference, we are exploring the importance of multi-disciplinary partnerships to prevent, protect, and prosecute human trafficking in armed conflict. Join the conversation and share innovative ideas on how to address the challenge of human trafficking.

On the Calendar

#roleplayingIHL. At 12pm on Tuesday, October 14th, join the American Red Cross for a conference on video games. Seriously! Targeting the Rules of War with Video Games will allow participants to play video games depicting war and listen to industry experts discuss the integration of humanitarian rules into these types of games.  Register for the event now or join the conversation online.

Fireside Chat on Migrants and Trafficking.  On Thursday, October 16th at 6pm, the American Society of International Law’s Women in International Law Interest Group will host a discussion on how international law is used to eradicate human trafficking and migrant smuggling. Don’t forget to register!

Clara Barton IHL Competition. Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition, to be held March 14th-17th in Chicago.  Check out the Competition website to find out more about the application process.

*Inclusion in our “Weekly IHL Update” does not mean that the American Red Cross endorses or agrees with the views and opinions expressed.*

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