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Ex-Yugoslavia: studying international humanitarian law transcends borders

29-09-2006 News Release

The Faculty of Political Science (FPS) in Belgrade has for the third time hosted students from across the former Yugoslavia at a regional course on international humanitarian law.

 The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Belgrade on September 29  

A total of 46 students drawn from military and police academies, faculties of law and political science took part in the five-day event organized jointly by the FPS, the Red Cross of Serbia (SRCS) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Through presentations by international and regional experts and a fictitious case study prepared by the IHL Centre of the FPS, participants enhanced their understanding both of fundamental questions of IHL as well as current issues such as individual and command responsibility, IHL and the struggle against terrorism, IHL and peace operations.

The Faculty of Political Science again demonstrated its readiness to give IHL the importance it deserves and progressed in its goal of facilitating the development of a regional network of IHL experts. Such events are also important in forging contacts and networks among the participants, many of whom are future decision-makers and practitioners of law.

" Our experiences of the conflicts in the former-Yugoslavia are both a burden and an advantage in terms of responding to questions raised during the course. " said Ms. Ksenija Franovic, a political science student from Podgorica in Montenegro.

" I am glad we can come together to try to find solutions to the complex issues concerning armed conflicts and their aftermath. "