International humanitarian law and the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts – 2007

19-02-2008 Report

Official working document of the 30th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Geneva, 26 to 30 November 2007.

Document prepared by the International Committee of the Red Cross (30IC/07/8.4)     

Table of Contents 


I. Introduction

II. IHL and terrorism

III. Procedural principles and safeguards for internment or administrative detention

IV. The conduct of hostilities

  1. General issues, in particular asymmetric warfare
  2. The notion of "direct participation in hostilities"
  3. Regulating the use of cluster munitions

V. Non-international armed conflicts

VI. Regulating private military and security companies

VII. Occupation and other forms of administration of foreign territory

VIII. Increasing respect for IHL: The role of sanctions


1) Procedural Principles and Safeguards for Internment / Administrative Detention in Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence

2) Agenda of the 30th San Remo Round Table on " The Conduct of Hostilities: Revisiting the Law of Armed Conflict 100 Years after the 1907 Hague

Conventions and 30 Years after the 1977 Additional Protocols "

3) Increasing Respect for International Humanitarian Law in Non-International Armed Conflicts