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Future themes of the International Review of the Red Cross 2013 – 2014


Upcoming issues of the Review

The following themes will be explored in the Review in the year 2013/2014:

  • ICRC: 150 Years of humanitarian action (Winter 2012)
  • Violence against health care (Spring 2013)
  • Multinational operations and the law (Summer 2013)
  • Scope of application of international humanitarian law (Autumn 2013)

Call for papers

The following list of topics indicates areas of reflection, debate and critical analysis for contributions to the Review. Within the parameters of the journal’s aim, topics may be examined from a historical, legal, political, military-security, psycho-sociological or humanitarian perspective, taking either a general or a regional approach. The points of interest mentioned below by no means exhaust the various subjects that could be addressed in relation to the future themes.

Each theme is accompanied by the foreseen publication date and deadline for submission. For further information a see also our Guidelines for authors 

Generating Respect for the Law
Deadline for submissions: February 2014

Dissemination and implementation of IHL are obligations of states parties to the Geneva Conventions and is seen as an important mechanism to ensure the respect of IHL. The international community and civil society organisations have placed increasing emphasis on prevention measures, which are perceived as more cost-effective than remedial measures. Prevention, together with protection, assistance and cooperation, is also a central component of the ICRC’s work. However, measuring the direct impact of prevention activities on behavioural change is extremely difficult.

This edition of the Review will analyse the range of measures that can be employed to ensure respect of the law, and will explore possible ways of measuring prevention work.

The following topics could be analysed:

  • New mechanisms to implement IHL
  • Behaviour studies
  • From dissemination to engagement
  • Measuring results
  • Success stories of implementation of IHL
  • Engagement of youth
  • Strengthening the rule of law

Humanitarian consequences of Nuclear, Radioactive, Biological and Chemical Weapons
Deadline for submissions: March 2014

At its 31st International Conference, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement adopted a resolution highlighting the human costs of nuclear weapons and the difficulty of reconciling their use with international humanitarian law. At the end of 2013, the Council of Delegates will work on a plan of action to implement this resolution. Last March, the government of Norway hosted an international conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. The meeting was a success, with the participation of 127 governments, UN agencies, international organizations, and civil society.

This issue of the Review would focus on the particular aspect of humanitarian consequences of nuclear, radioactive, biological and chemical (NRBC) weapons, to highlight the complexity of the issue and explore the ways forward for the international community.  This issue of the review would reflect this evolution in the debate about such weapons. The following topics could be analysed:

  • The definition of NRBC weapons
  • Medical consequences on soldiers
  • Non-state actors’ use of NRBC weapons
  • Challenges of fact-finding missions
  • The law regarding the targeting of stockpiles
  • The economy of nuclear weapons
  • State perspectives and civil society perspectives on the nuclear weapons
  • Who is a victim of NRBC weapons? Delineating the temporal and geographical extent of humanitarian action and scope of protection afforded by IHL
  • Safety obligations of the radiological, biological and chemical industry.

1914 - 2014: The evolution of warfare
Deadline for submissions: March 2014

On the occasion of the Centennial of The Great War, the heritage of the First World War on the law and on humanitarian action will be explored. The Review will also look at the evolution of the battlefields from then until today and will take this opportunity to look at armed violence in the world a hundred years later.

Possible aspects covered may include:

  • Means and methods of warfare then and today
  • The consequences of the evolution of war on the law and on humanitarian action
  • The ethics of violence
  • The emergence of the prisoners-of-war phenomenon
  • Civilians in warfare
  • The state of conflicts in the world today

Sexual violence
Deadline for submissions: June 2014

Sexual violence in armed conflict is widespread and has grave and dehumanizing effects on victims. Yet its prevalence and consequences are vastly underestimated. Victims must have unimpeded access to timely and appropriate health care, but obtaining such care is often a significant challenge for them.

This issue of the Review could address the problem of sexual violence through multiple facets, including questions pertaining to the applicable legal framework; the prevention of sexual violence; the humanitarian response to the needs of victims of sexual violence (including access to health care) and questions of accountability.

Topics could include:

  • Applicable legal framework
  • Prevention of sexual violence
  • Humanitarian response to the needs of victims of sexual violence
  • Access to health care for victims of sexual violence
  • Criminalization and prosecution of sexual violence at the national level
  • Documentation and investigation of sexual violence in conflict
  • Respecting privacy and ensuring the personal security of victims of sexual violence