News release

China: experts discuss law applicable to peace operations

Beijing (ICRC) - A two-day roundtable to discuss the implementation of the law in peace operations opens today in Shanghai, China. Co-organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) regional delegation for East Asia and the East China University of Political Science and Law, the roundtable intends to provide a forum for exchange of views and best practices on law applicable to peace operations.

"The spectrum and responsibilities of peace operations involving multinational forces has grown increasingly over the past years", said Helen Durham, ICRC Director of International Law and Policy. "The combination of the various mandates that are assigned to these forces raises a number of law issues, including the legal framework in which they operate. This event offers us an opportunity to look into legal issues specifically relevant to peace operations in a concrete and practical manner."

The roundtable brings together foreign experts from the Netherlands, as well as some twenty Chinese experts from military and police institutions, research institutes and universities, and the ICRC. Participants will discuss various subjects including the international legal framework applicable to peace operations, the use of force in peace operations, treatment and detention of persons in multinational operations, and responsibility and accountability in peace operations.

The ICRC regional delegation in Beijing has been organizing seminars and training events for government staff, military personnel, university lecturers and students in China, the Republic of Korea, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Mongolia, since 2005. Other events organized by the delegation include the Southeast and Northeast Asia Session on IHL, the Asia-Pacific Regional Moot Court Competition, the China National Moot Court Competition, and the China International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Summer Course for University Lecturers.


For further information, please contact:
Valery Mbaoh Nana, ICRC Regional Delegation for East Asia, Beijing, tel: +86 186 0025 3392
Richard Desgagne, ICRC Regional Delegation for East Asia, Beijing, tel: +86 138 1052 0341
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