Stopping war crimes before they happen: Preventing violations of the law in armed conflict

During armed conflict, even the most basic tenets of the law of armed conflict are often violated. How can one ensure that respect for human life and dignity remains a common concern by all sides to the conflict? What can be done to encourage respect for the law and prevent violations? To discuss these questions and mark the launch of the issue of the International Review of the Red Cross on "Generating respect for the law", the ICRC organized a panel discussion together with the American Red Cross, the American Society for International Law's Lieber Society, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society, and the Berkeley Human Rights Center. The event took place on 28 March 2016 at UC Berkeley and was part of the ICRC Conference Cycle on "Generating respect for the law".


  • Tracey Begley, International Committee of the Red Cross, Washington


  • Andrew Carswell, International Committee of the Red Cross, Ottawa
  • Richard Jackson, Colonel (Retired), Special Assistant to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General for Law of War Matters
  • Kate Jastram, UC Berkeley Blum Center for Developing Economies
  • Sharon Weill, Visiting Scholar, CSLS, Berkeley Law; Lecturer in international law at Sciences-Po (Paris) and Geneva