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8 October 2019, 12:00-14:00
Register start 22 September 2019
Register end 7 October 2019

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Celebrating in Style: Uncharted Perspectives on the Geneva Conventions of 1949

IHL Talks

Geneva, 1949 Diplomatic Conference Geneva, 1949 Diplomatic Conference

The Geneva Conventions of 1949 constitute the cornerstone of international humanitarian law (IHL). Universally ratified, they continue to play an essential role in ensuring the protection of victims of armed conflicts.

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, this IHL Talk will shine light on lesser-known endeavours that contribute to breathing life into these instruments, such as updating their commentaries, voluntarily reporting on IHL implementation at the local level or critically rethinking the history behind their adoption.

Introductory Remarks and Moderation

  • Marco Sassòli, Director of the Geneva Academy

Panelists

  • Jean-Marie Henckaerts, Head of the Unit in charge of the update of the ICRC commentaries on the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Verity Robson, Legal Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the International Organizations in Geneva
  • Boyd Van Dijk, Lecturer and Historian of modern Europe and the international (legal) order, University of Amsterdam

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About the IHL Talks

The IHL Talks are a series of events, hosted by the Geneva Academy, on international humanitarian law and current humanitarian topics. Every two months, academic experts, practitioners, policymakers and journalists discuss burning humanitarian issues and their regulation under international law.

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IHL Talks - Celebrating in Style Uncharted Perspectives on the Geneva Conventions of 1949

Watch the video where panelists highlighted lesser-known endeavours that contribute to breathing life into these instruments (such as updating their commentaries, voluntarily reporting on International Humanitarian Law implementation at the local level or critically rethinking the history behind their adoption).

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