About the event
New Dimensions and Challenges of Urban Warfare
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, the Institute and the International Committee of the Red Cross organize the 43rd Sanremo Round Table on "New Dimensions and Challenges of Urban Warfare".
The Round Table, with the participation of high-level international experts and practitioners, will investigate some of the crucial issues regarding the application of IHL in urban military operations, by examining the lessons learned from recent operations, the humanitarian consequences of urban warfare, the choice of means and methods in urban context and if a change of approach from the different actors, concerning the protection of civilians, is required in the urban environment.
Due to the exceptional situation, the Sanremo Round Table will be held this year in form of a series of Webinars, every Wednesday at 3 pm CET from 9 September to 7 October 2020.
The Opening Session and first Webinar (a panel discussion on "The evolution of urban warfare over the past 50 years and its impact on civilians") took place on Wednesday, 9 September 15:00-17:00 CET. Please find the video recording here.
The other Webinars will take place as follows:
Wednesday, 16 September 15:00-16:15 CET:
Panel discussion on "Protecting civilians during urban warfare - lessons learned from recent operations" (Rewatch the recording here)
Wednesday, 23 September 15:00-16:15 CET:
Panel discussion on "Addressing the humanitarian consequences of urban warfare in the midst of the hostilities" (Register here)
Wednesday, 30 September 15:00-16:15 CET:
Panel discussion on "The choice of means and methods in urban warfare" (Register here)
Wednesday, 7 October 15:00-16:30 CET:
Panel discussion on "Is a change of approach required to better protect civilians in the urban environment?" (Register here)
- Humanitarian Law & Policy Blog: "What you need to know about urban war"
- ICRC Publication: "I saw my city die: Voices from the front lines of urban conflict in Iraq, Syria and Yemen" (available in English, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian and Spanish)
- The International Review of the Red Cross edition on: War in cities
For more information with regard to the agenda and speakers, visit the IIHL website.
Date & Time
9 September 2020 15:00 - 7 October 2020 16:30
Online and at the Humanitarium
17 avenue de la Paix