Law and Policy Events 2 July 2020 13:00 - 14:30

Panel Discussion on the Occasion of Launching the Updated Commentary on the Third Geneva Convention

Speakers & panellists

Ms. Farida Khamlichi
Organizer

Ms. Farida Khamlichi

President of the National Committee on International Humanitarian Law in the Kingdom of Morocco

Ms. Rania Machlab
Organizer

Ms. Rania Machlab

Head of ICRC delegation in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco

Ms. Minister Plenipotentiary Sara Obeid
Organizer

Ms. Minister Plenipotentiary Sara Obeid

in-charge of the International Humanitarian Law file, League of Arab States

Dr. Omar Mekky
Moderator

Dr. Omar Mekky

Regional Legal Coordinator for Arabic Speaking Countries, ICRC

Dr. Mohamed El Bazzaz
Panellist

Dr. Mohamed El Bazzaz

Professor of International Law Moulay Ismail University, Morocco

Dr. Ayman Salama
Panellist

Dr. Ayman Salama

Visiting Professor of International Law, Nasser Higher Military Academy, Egypt

Dr. Ahmed Aubais Alfatlawi
Panellist

Dr. Ahmed Aubais Alfatlawi

Professor of Public International Law, University of Kufa, Iraq

Dr. Eisa Elenzy
Panellist

Dr. Eisa Elenzy

Associate Professor of International Law, Kuwait University, Kuwait

Dr. Ahmed Khalifa,
Panellist

Dr. Ahmed Khalifa,

Professor of Criminal Law, Ain Shams University, Egypt

About the event

The ICRC in Cairo and Rabat, along with the League of the Arab States and the National Committee on IHL in the Kingdom of Morocco, is co-organizing a panel discussion on the occasion of launching the updated Commentary on the Third Geneva Convention. The panel discussion will bring together a group of Arab experts who contributed to the development of the updated Commentaries of the First, Second, and Third Geneva Conventions of 1949. They will share their experience and reflect on the role of the Conventions in providing the necessary protection and humane treatment to the sick, wounded and shipwrecked not taking part in hostilities as well as prisoners of war, taking into account the existing practices and challenges facing the application of the Conventions in the battlefield.

The Geneva Conventions and their updated Commentaries

In 2011, the ICRC and a team of renowned experts embarked on a major project: updating the Commentaries on the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977, which date back to the 1950s and 1980s respectively. Since the initial Commentaries were published the Geneva Conventions and Protocols have been put to the test, and there have been significant developments in how they are applied and interpreted in practice. The new Commentaries seek to document these developments and provide up-to-date interpretations.

The updated Commentary on the Third Geneva Convention deals with issues important to anyone engaging with detention in armed conflicts. The updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention was presented in 2016, and the updated Commentary on the Second Geneva Convention was presented in 2017.

 The panel takes place 01:00 pm Cairo time 

Date & Time

2 July 2020 13:00 - 14:30