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Sri Lanka: lecture on contemporary challenges to international humanitarian law

06-12-2012 News Release 12/131

Professor Manimuthu Gandhi will be talking about "contemporary challenges to international humanitarian law with a focus on South Asia" at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International relations and Strategic Studies in Colombo on 6 December.

"This public lecture by a renowned scholar is a good opportunity to recall what international humanitarian law stands for – the common good of mankind in times of armed conflict," said Yves Giovannoni, who heads the ICRC’s Sri Lanka delegation.

A panel comprising Professor Ghandi, Thusantha Wijemanna (legal adviser to the Sri Lankan ministry of external affairs) and Charles Sabga (ICRC regional legal adviser for South Asia) will participate in a question-and-answer session on the topic after the lecture.

Professor Gandhi is currently the executive director of the Centre for International Legal Studies at Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat Haryana, India, and was recently elected vice-president of the Indian Society of International Law. Previous posts have included those of joint secretary and legal adviser to the Indian ministry of external affairs and legal adviser to the permanent mission of India to the UN. Professor Gandhi holds a doctorate in international and constitutional law from the University of Madras and has written several publications and articles on law and international relations.

The lecture is being organized jointly by the Institute and the ICRC delegation in Sri Lanka, and will start at 5.30 pm at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies.

For further information, please contact:
Sarasi Wijeratne, ICRC Colombo, tel: +94 11 250 33 46 or +94 773 1588 44
Ruwanthika Gunaratne, ICRC Colombo, tel: +94 11 250 33 46