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Ljubljana hosts a series of regional events on IHL

13-11-2006 News Release

Ljubljana will turn into Central Europe's capital of international humanitarian law (IHL) from 13 to 18 November 2006. The city will host a students' competition on IHL, a meeting of professors from 20 universities of Central Europe who teach humanitarian law, and an international conference on current challenges to the law of armed conflicts.

 The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC regional delegation in Budapest  

Additionally, on Tuesday 14 November at Law Faculty of Ljubljana University, Mr. Danilo Türk, former UN assistant secretary-general for political affairs, will deliver a keynote speech entitled " International Decision Making and International Humanitarian Law " . Representatives of government, civil society, academia, and diplomatic corps are expected to be present in the audience.

This series of activities are organized jointly by the ICRC and the Law Faculty of University of Ljubljana. The main event of the week is the Regional Friedrich Born IHL Competition for university students, organized by the ICRC for the third time in Central Europe. This year the competition will gather 44 students and tutors from the region's most renowned law faculties. In the framework of the competition, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) will hold a special public workshop explaining the humanitarian policy of the EU.

According to the organizers, the aim of these events that target students, professors but also important experts in the humanitarian and security fields, is to sensitize current and future decision-makers to integrate humanitarian concerns into international policy-making. Slovenia is one of the leading European countries when it comes to humanitarian spending per capita. In 2006, the ICRC, along with other international agencies, has received a generous financial donation from the Slovenian Red Cross and the Slovenian government for its relief operations in Darfur, Sudan.

 For further information please contact:  

 Marcin Monko, ICRC Budapest, ++36 202 499 985