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SWIRMO 2009 - Senior Workshop on International Rules Governing Military Operations

04-04-2009 Event

Paris, France, 28 June - 10 July 2009. The Third Senior Workshop on International Rules Governing Military Operations (SWIRMO) will take place at the École Militaire in Paris with the cooperation and support of the French army. SWIRMO 2009 will bring together some 60 senior military officers from around the world to explore principles and problems related to international humanitarian law.

Event Info

Where: Geneva

When: 28.06.2009-10.07.2009

  Opening session speech by ICRC vice-president

  SWIRMO Website - only for registered workshop participants

  More on: SWIRMO 2008


Originally the SWIRMO was designed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the signing of the 1977 Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions, and the 100th anniversary of the 1907 Hague Convention (IV). It has now evolved into an annual event held alternately in Switzerland and another country. This year the workshop will take place in France.


© ICRC / T. Yates    
SWIRMO 2008    
    The two-week workshop will bring together around 60 senior officers from different military services across the globe. All the participants have operational and/or training backgrounds and experience. The SWIRMO will be held in five classes conducted in English, French and Spanish. Each class is led by one of five serving officers with operational experience and broad experience in teaching international humanitarian law (IHL). The workshop is directed by a two-star officer with considerable operational experience in national and multi-national operations.

The first week will be devoted to identifying legal situations and the applicable rules; and, the second, to examining how best to integrate IHL into contemporary military operations and training. The workshop will be conducted in the form of short presentations on a given topic followed by a scenario-based exercise and discussion.

Previous workshops have provided an opportunity to demonstrate the importance and relevance of IHL and applicable human rights law as the necessary legal framework governing the conduct of military operations in a range of situations. The workshop's focus also helps to reinforce the importance of integrating all the legal principles and rules of IHL into military doctrine, education and training as a basis for every field operation.

The international mix of participants, the manner in which the lectures are conducted, classroom exercises and discussions all allow participants to share and learn from each other's experiences and greatly contribute to the SWIRMO's overall success.

The ICRC and the French army look forward to welcoming all participants to Paris for this event.